ROBOTS ALIVE! Viewer Challenge
Watch SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN FRONTIERS Show 705, "Robots Alive," and test your knowledge by answering these questions:
MAZES AND SQUIGGLES
- 1. What strategy enables SRI to win the maze contest?
- a. radar
- b. multiple robots
- c. remote sensors
- d. motion detectors
- 2. In the tennis ball contest, what kinds of robots are favored to do best?
LOOK, NO HANDS!
- 3. If lane markers are missing, what does the experimental van's system do?
- a. stops running
- b. adapts to identify other features on the road
- c. alerts the driver
- d. sends signals to satellites
TODDLER'S FIRST STEPS
- 4. Name two potential applications of the Carnegie Mellon Navlab project.
- 5. How is the robot built by the University of New Hampshire different from earlier walking robots?
- 6. What is the first thing the robot nicknamed "Toddler" learns?
- a. how to walk
- b. how to balance on one leg
- c. how to hop
- d. how not to fall over
- 7. With Cog, Rodney Brooks and his colleagues at MIT hope to build a robot with the intelligence and capabilities of a(n):
- a. six-month-old baby.
- b. ten-year-old child.
- c. adult.
- d. Star Fleet commander.
- 8. Compared to robots like IT, why is Cog a more advanced system?
- 9. Describe the task the aerial robot must complete.
- 10. Which of these devices enables the Stanford team to win the contest?
- a. sensors
- b. motion detectors
- c. vision system
- d. GPS (Global Positioning System)
Check your answers to "Robots Alive!" Viewer Challenge
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