Team 9 members: Ye Eun, Kyle






Japan's Technology Helps with Recovery Efforts
This page talks about how robots are used in the situation in Japan thesedays. It also mentions different kinds of robot
that all have its own purposes.

Robots to the Rescue in Japan
This page talks about some social and ethical issues that follow. Robots are really helpful but they can have problems...
They mention several problems in robot usage.

15 in 15 IT ConceptTASK: In 15 slides, each slide viewable for 15 seconds, prepare the following -
  • Define the IT concept (2 slides) Kyle

The concept is to use robots to help with the earthquake in Japan. They would be able to search through rubble for victims, find them, and then transport victims to safety.


Robots can be used to cleanup. Because of the power plant, dangerous materials may be present, so robots can deal with that. Technology will advance, allowing better transportation and help.

  • Give a specific example in an area of impact (2 slides) Kyle

The Quince has 6 electric motors. Has an arm that is able to open doors, as well as grip other things. Can also sense heat, and carbon dioxide, which would be very helpful in finding victims stuck under debris.


The snakebot is propelled by nylon bristles. It can turn sharp corners, as well as go up steel inclines. It includes a light, and sends back video footage of disaster zones.

  • Highlight the advantages and disadvantages on the main stakeholders (4 slides) Ye Eun
    • Advantages
      • Robots can go into dangerous region where people avoid going (like high radiation level zones...). They can also crawl into tight crevices which is difficult for humans. Robots have saved workers from various dangers of both the physical and the psychological kind.
      • Robots don't need working shifts. They don't need rest nor rotation. They can be available at any time and always standby where they are needed.
    • Disadvantages
      • Robots are way too expensive. One costs around $100,000. They can be helpful but not many are affordable since they are too expensive. In this case humans in rescue can be more efficient.
      • Robots designed to withstand high levels of ration are rather heavy and slow. They have few sensors and only few CPUs.
  • Share the top 5 ethical/social issues in order of significance (5 slides) Kyle/YeEun
    • Although there aren't many people wanting to work as a rescuer since its a hard job, there are some people who still needs the job and wants the job. However, robots are replacing humans. Is this okay?
    • Does the money have to be spent on robots? If not spent on such expensive robots, the money can provide food and water to survivors.

This could take away from the idea of comaraderie between countries in a time of crisis. It would make disasters, and the relief work more impersonal, which could hurt world relations.


This could lead to less coverage, as it would just be robots and their controllers. This may make it impersonal, leading to less relief. This could make us naïve, and lessen the importance of the disaster.


This could lead to less coverage, as it would just be robots and their controllers. This may make it impersonal, leading to less relief. This could make us naïve, and lessen the importance of the disaster.

  • 2 extra slides to put where you want
    • Introduction
    • Conclusion