Consumer level robotics have a depth of computer science and technology behind them.
In the past I have run a workshop based on small, cheap, toy robots to get young people interested in science, computers and technology. In 2002 I used two robots in a workshop for PROWIS (Promoting Women In Science) and I am currently preparing for a similar (but updated) workshop for a group of visiting students from China.
These pages are a collection of links and information that you might find useful if you are interested in robots at all and will act as a base for the workshop I am developing.
"It's possible of course, to see these awkward machines as the innocent
forerunners of a sinister robot race that evolves beyond our control."
Alan Alda, Scienctific Frontiers Episode 12-19-2000 Title: Robot Independence.
It is interesting to note, that in the West, we have this notion of evil robots who will take over the human world as seen in the Terminator movies, and perhaps even in 2001: A Space Odyssey when the computer HAL tries to kill the human crew. However in Japan, from the 1950's on the character of Astroboy was seen as a friendly, helpful robot who often saved humanity.
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