INVENTING THE FUTURE: Viewer Challenge
Watch Scientific American Frontiers Show 701, "Inventing the Future," and test your knowledge by downloading and answering these questions.
- 1. What game does Alan Alda play in the smart room?
- a. Myst
- b. SimCity
- c. Doom
- d. Qin
- 2. How are virtual animals like Silas different from robots, in terms of the computer world?
- 3. In the future, the character called Gandolf will be able to recognize the content of:
- a. emotions
- b. gestures
- c. faces
- d. books
- 4. How does a smart camera system know how to find the right shots?
- 5. List one thing a smart car might do if it senses the driver is getting sleepy.
- 6. The part of the brain that Roz Picard says "functions like the fire alarm in your house" is called the:
- a. amygdala
- b. cortex
- c. hippocampus
- d. neocortex
- 7. MIT students are experimenting with computers built into all of the following except:
- a. eyeglasses
- b. clothing
- c. shoes
- d. watches
- 8. What happens when you walk on a shoe computer?
- 9. What is the sensor chair designed to measure?
- 10. The rhythm tree, digital baton and sensor chair are examples of:
- a. notation systems
- b. new bands
- c. hyperinstruments
- d. musical scores
- 1. c
- 2. Animals juggle multiple goals, while robots focus on one thing at a time
- 3. b
- 4. Follows descriptions of actions in the script
- 5. Turn on air-conditioner, sound warning, spray peppermint
- 6. a
- 7. d
- 8. As you walk, you generate power; power builds up with each step
- 9. Body's electric current or electric field
- 10. c
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