Impact of the Computer
Case Study #1
1. Come up with ten examples of computers in society and, beside each
example, describe what happens or would happen if that computer
â‘ Stock market computers Â– will affect the economy of the country and
â‘¡Calculators Â– will make people calculate themselves so students who
are having some
math tests will face the hell =)
â‘¢Banding machine Â– will bring wrong products or nothing.
â‘£Elevators Â– will make people to use stairs.
â‘¤Microwave Â– for melting something frozen, people will put it into hot
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3. For each of the above examples of hidden computers, describe what
would happen if, instead of a built-in computer with a program, they
had a built-in robot with artificial intelligence.
â‘ Automatic car washerÂ–will give more detailed services for each car.
â‘¡Hair straightener Â– will adjust its temperature according to each
â‘¢Electrical door lock Â– will recognize peopleÂ’s faces or fingerprints
so people will not
have to carry the keys.
â‘£Traffic signal Â– will change its signs according to each situations
so it will reduce the
â‘¤Refrigerator Â– will adjust its temperature depending on food in it.
4. What could be a hidden agenda of computers? Or, in other words,
what could be some possible negative side affects of computers in
Ã By replacing people with computers, people will lose their jobs. Also
more people will depend on computers not on their own brains, so it
will delay the development of human brains. On the other hand,
computers are getting smarter and smarter so there is possibility that
computers will threaten human. Also imagine what will happen if Y2K
happens again. It will make tremendous confusions.
Case Study #2
1. With our knowledge of how computers are programmed, can a computer
or robot Â“turn on their creatorÂ”? If a truly intelligent robot was
ever created, could it Â“turn on its creatorsÂ”?
Ã As long as we programmed computers not to turn on human beings or
their creator, computers will not be able to harm them in purpose.
However, they can understand the program in different ways that we did
not mean. Also if someone tries to harm those truly intelligent
computers or robots, they will try to protect themselves by attacking
2. Are Isaac AsimovÂ’s rules really a safeguard? Take the rules to
their logical extreme consequences. e.g. Following rule 1, would
humans be allowed to drive cars or play football? Both activities are
Ã Rule 1 Â– would humans be allowed to ride and ride on the planes,
elevators or trains? If people embark on them, they will just stop.
Rule 2 Â– would human be able to order the robots to do dangerous works
instead of human like dealing with strong chemicals or radioactive
Rule 3 Â– if human need to destroy them, how are human going to destroy
them? They will not allow people to destroy them.
Ã In conclusion, Isaac AsimovÂ’s rules are not safeguards. Those rules
restrict the usage of robots so much that human will not try to use
them. What is the point of these rules if human even doesnÂ’t use the
3. There are tiny computers hidden in appliances and cars. Would
Â“Robot RulesÂ” have to be built into them? Why? Even without Robot
Rules, could such computers/robots...