Science Fiction is sometimes referred to as Speculative Fiction, as one of the main roles of a science fiction author is to speculate about how certain aspects of society and culture (technology, space travel, politics and government) might play out in the future.
In today's class, we did an in-class assignment based on this role of the science fiction author. The homework from last class was to read the first chapter of I, Robot by Isaac Asimov. In today's class, it is your job to design a robot.
For this assignment, you must complete a drawing on a blank, plain piece of paper illustrating your robot and labeling its various parts and their purposes. Then, you must write (in paragraphs) a full page that includes of following information:
1. Name of robot
2. Purpose of robot
3. Personality / Demeanor
4. Level of artificial intelligence
5. What "rules of robotics" (see I, Robot) will you incorporate into the robot's coding
6. How many will be made?
7. Who will have one?
8. Effects on society (positive & negative)
Bring this with you to our next class, and be ready to share them. In addition, read the next chapter of I, Robot.