Tech & Innovation
Many people have heard of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency but some are still a little unclear about how exactly it works. Educate your students on it using this short, but very clear, breakdown on the ins and outs of cryptocurrency. A hot topic today that will definitely stir up some good conversation about the evolution and future of money.
As technology gets better, so does translation. This short video tells the story of man who had trouble communicating with a French girl, inspiring him to develop a smart earpiece which can translate languages in real-time. A great topic for language lessons and generates great philosophical conversation.
3D printing is perhaps the hottest technological phenomenon of current times. Teach your students about both the benefits and dangers of 3D printing - from making organs and body parts to making assault rifles and gun parts. What would your students build if they had a 3D printer?
Grocery shopping just got a whole lot better. Open up your app, fill up your cart, and walk out of there without waiting in line. Amazon’s technology can keep track of any items you decide to take off or put back on the shelf. Talk about shopping made easy.
Even though electric cars have made a big boom on the market, still one consumer fear remains - running out of battery while you’re driving. This has sparked discussion about constructing highways which can charge your electric vehicle as you drive. Is it feasible?
There are over 2 billion users on Facebook today. Social media continues to grow and evolve, and one of the next steps in the evolution has become "dead social" - a network that lets you program what happens to your online digital legacy beyond the grave. One woman even created an online "chat bot" of her friend, allowing her to communicate with her friend after he passed away! Find out what your students think about this.
In this video you get to meet Sofia, a real humanoid robot, and one of her creators from Hanson Robotics. Sofia awakens and has a short, but philosophical conversation with her creator. In this lesson, you find out what kinds of questions your students would ask a humanoid robot and what they think about this advanced technology.
Will Smith seems to have a special attraction to Sophia the humanoid robot, so much that he takes her on a romantic date to the Cayman Islands. Things get awkward when wine, jokes, and the atmosphere of the island air get to Will Smith's head, and he decides to go in for the kiss. See how Sofia reacts.
A correspondent from Business Insider gets to meet Sofia for the first time, and he has some questions for her about her feelings, preferences, humans, as well as the hit TV series Black Mirror and Westworld. On the surface, Sofia seems to be a nice, caring, and compassionate humanoid robot. See if your students think the same.