Future Robots. Towards a Robotic Science of Human Beings

Learn Robots as a new science for the understanding of human beings and the affects of robotics in the real world.
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Estimated 5 weeks
6–8 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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Following historic human achievements in steam power, electricity, and digital information, Robotics is now considered by many to be the fourth industrial revolution. This course explores robotics not simply as advanced technology, but as a new scientific discipline that can lead to a deeper understanding of human behavior.

The course begins with an explanation of what it means to simulate humans and societies, what potential advantages there may be, and the progress that has been made thus far.

The course follows this general introduction with specific simulations that reproduce human behavioral development; exploring the relationship between the cognitive, motivational, and emotional aspects of behavior. These simulations also delve into the critical, nuanced concepts including: individual differences, language, thinking, social behavior, differences between men and women, the nature and role of family, possession and wealth, exchange of goods, the emergence of currency and organization for the production of goods, the economic and political role of the State, and historical phenomena.

The final part of the course investigates the social utility of simulations when they are translated into digital environments. This section utilizes a user-friendly and motivating interface that enables anyone to better understand the world in which we live.

At a glance

  • Language: English

What you'll learn

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  • Potential problems and opportunities for human beings as a result of the robotics revolution
  • The intricacies of human behavior: biological evolution, development, learning, imitation, cultural evolution
  • The economic revolution and political life as seen through the robotic revolution
  • Analysis of mental pathologies, art, and religion.

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Who can take this course?

Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this course in all locations. edX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.