Team 7: JaeJin Yun, Adam Zimmerman

Free Discussion:

IT Concepts and Issues

Title: The usage of robots for recovery in Japan: Concept

Links of News Articles:
  1. Robots mustering for recovery in Japan

Areas of Impact

Slides to do

A - Define (explain) the IT concept (2 slides)

Slide 1: John
Definition of robot: a machine capable of carrying out a complex series of actions automatically, esp. one programmable by a computer.
Definition of rescue: save (someone) from a dangerous or distressing situation.
This robot does exactly this, rescue people from areas where man cannot reach or go. Snake-like robots equipped with cameras, censors, and wheels/arms designed to navigate through rough terrain are being deployed in areas that are too dangerous or too small for humans to go.


Slide 2: John
This concept basically consists of a multi-role robot than can operate under any circumstance and doesn't feel any human emotion/pain. If this is a good thing or a bad we will discuss later on.

B - Describe a specific example in an area of impact (2 slides)


Slide 3: Adam
People and machines
How can we be sure robots are human friendly?
Sensitivity: Does the robot know how hard to pull on a body?
Can the human interact with this robot?

Slide 4: Adam
How reliable is the machine towards every situation?:
Sensitivity: Does the robot know how hard to pull on a body?

C - Discuss the advantages and disadvantages on the main stakeholders (4 slides)

Slide 5: John
Robots can freely work among radioactivity.
Robots can investigate the dangerous areas such as ruins
Don't need to pay them a salary
Faster calculation
Small robots can work in narrow place.

Slide 6: Adam
No resting time needed.
Doesn’t feel pain or fear, if a rock falls on it, it doesn’t matter
Easily transportable
Can be remote controlled at a distance
Parts can be changed

Slide 7: John
Negative Impact
Technology is not developed enough for robots to work effectively.
Robots do not have ability to make clear decision
Need a lot of energy to move robot. (especialy now that the Japanese reactors are in critical damage)
Weak & Slow observation and hearing sense.

Slide 8: Adam
Negative Impact
Cannot distinct dangerous situation
Limited knowledge
Expensive to make
Parts can be hard to find

D - Evaluate the top 3-5 ethical/social issues in order of significance (5 slides)

Slide 9: John
Are robots taking other peoples jobs by doing all the work?

Slide 10:Adam
Is it ethical to use robots to save these people?

Slide 11:John
Could this been seen as a sort of experiment?

Slide 12:Adam
Couldn’t the money used on making/moving/deploying these robots could be used on supplies, shelters, aid?

Slide 13:John
The japanese population doesn’t have a vote as to wether they should use robots in these situations, should people be allowed to choose wether or not robots should save people?

  • 2 extra slides to put where you want

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Each criterion is out of 4 marks
4 - excellent with research and
3 - good
2 - satisfactory
1 - minimal
0 - Not evident

  • Criterion A:
    • What is the issue arising from the IT system?
    • Who are the primary stakeholders involved in this issue?
    • What is the relationship of one of primary stakeholders to the IT system?
  • Criterion B:
    • Have you described a detailed step-by-step process that shows a clear understanding of how the IT system works?
    • Are the major components of the IT system identified?
    • Does your explanation show how the IT issue came about? (Which of the steps directly relates to the issue and why?)
    • Is the relationship between the IT system referred to in the article and the concern presented in criterion A explained using appropriate ITGS terminology.
  • Criterion C:
    • Have you described the impact of the social/ethical issues on the stakeholders?
    • (Have you described the advantages and disadvantages for each of the primary stakeholders)
    • Have you analysed the impact and identified any further problems?
    • Have you evaluated the impact?
    • Is there appropriate use of ITGS terminology?
  • Criterion D:
    • Have you described an appropriate solution to one problem (disadvantage) that has been identified in C?
    • Have you looked at both the strengths and weaknesses of your solution?
    • Have you looked at areas for future development?
    • Is there appropriate use of ITGS terminology?