Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds When I say robotics, what is it that you imagine? Do you picture your favourite robots from fiction? There are many, many depictions of robots in fiction. There are robots in books, in TV series and in the movies. But robots today are a very real technology and a very, very useful technology. There are an increasing number of applications of robots in our society. Robots build things for us, they help us explore and monitor our world, and they can even heal us. Robotics is a an important technology. It’s an important technology today, and it will be more important in the future. My name’s Professor Peter Corke. Please join me as we explore the role of robots in our society.
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Introducing Robotics: Robotics and Society
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Discover how we use robots now and into the future.
Once only found in fiction, robots are being applied in an increasing array of ways in society, from mechanisation of industrial tasks to exploring places humans can’t go. This course starts with your perceptions of robotics, describes different types of robots, and leads into a discussion of the future: knowing we can use robots, should we? We then use case studies to show how robotics is being applied to help solve key issues facing society today: food production, aging populations, transport, and environmental change.
- The importance of robotics as a field
- How ideas and attitudes towards robots have formed from fiction
- Defining a real robot
- How different types of robots are being applied today
- Ethical, privacy and safety considerations of using robotics
- Predicting the role of robots in future work
- How robotics might be applied to help solve society’s big challenges: food production, ageing populations, transport and environmental change
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Learning on this course
You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.
What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...
- Explain what robots are and what they can do
- Discuss the ethical considerations of using robots to help solve societal challenges
- Reflect on the future role and development of robotics in human society
Who is the course for?
This course is for anyone interested in discovering how our society currently uses robots and how we might use them to solve big challenges in the future. You don’t need any robotics knowledge or experience to join in this course.
What software or tools do you need?
Everything you need to succeed in this course is provided. There is no specific equipment or software required.
Who developed the course?
QUT is a leading Australian university ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide by the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in Brisbane, it attracts over 50,000 students.
World rankingTop 180Source: Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019