For Nada: Ideas for MC class ~ Intro script & photos for Feb 8th, 2019 program

February 1, 2019

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Nada ^O^

Here are the ideas I promised to send you Friday evening after our last class .

Use as many or as few, or none at all if they don’t fit into what you have planned for our class program on AI. Please do NOT feel obliged in any way to employ any of these ideas or photos.


Intro for Feb 8th Program after the introduction of the host and quests, and your description of the program — how AI is being utilized by non-profit organizations to better serve their clients.

Intro begins here:

But first, we have a little background about Artificial Intelligence itself. You might think of this as “Everything you ever wanted to know about Artificial Intelligence but were afraid to ask!”

Most people who work in Silicon Valley are already familiar with Artificial Intelligence, but for the rest of us, our ideas about AI have mainly been influenced by our experience with things such as: (switch to photo line-up)

. . . . children’s toys:

Photos #1 & 2 ~ children’s toy robot & toy robot w/ cell phone



. . . . Movies and Television

photos #3, 4 & 5 ~ Star Wars robot soldiers, upper torso of sophisticated robot arm out, fingers pointing




. . . . Video Games

photo #6 ~ young adult male playing with two remote controllers at the same time



. . . . Commerce and heavy industry:

photos #7 & 8 ~ automated automobile manufacturing & man in control cage in the middle of huge manufacturing robot





. . . . Drones, the military, and the space program

photos #9, 10, 11 ~ drone, military miniature AI tank & rocket





And for those lucky enough to have toured the Computer Museum in Mountain View, and seen Charles Babbage’s “machine” while it was on display.

Photos 12 & 13 ~ Babbage engine banner & b&w 1960s man in front machine



But in the last decade, the technology of AI has gone so much farther.

Everytime we order online from Amazon, we personally experience the enhanced abilities of AI when one of its “Fulfillment Centers” gets our package to us the very next day ~

Photos #14 ~ floor of Amazon’s huge warehouse full of boxes & employees



Or if we have recently been in a hospital and saw a robot like this coming down the hall

Photo #15 ~ TUG Change Healthcare robot coming down hall in hosp



However, AI is rapidly changing the practice of medicine in operating rooms and x-ray departments, especially those with a very special robot named Leonardo de Vinci

photo #16 hospital operating room during robot-assisted surgery




Viewers who live in the Mid-peninsula area have all watched while Google’s prototype of self-driving car were test-driven on the streets of Palo Alto and Mountain View.

Photo #17 google prototype self-driving car



Last but not least, there is a whole new area for AI called “social humanoid robots that is being developed to interact with humans.

Photos #18 ~ young Japanese girl reaching out to touch hand of small humanoid robot with flower reef around neck



One example is a new generation of artificial limbs for military veterans and others that uses AI

Photo #19 & 20  ~ robot hand & woman’s hand almost touch and robot hand hold drinking straw




Another is a unique AI program for using humanoid robots to reduce emotional distress. These toy robot seals were developed in Japan as companions to very elder patients. When you pet them, they suck on their pacifiers.


Photo #21 stuffed toy seals w/ pacifiers



A particularly interesting application uses “social humanoid robots” as therapy assistants for children being treated for cancer.

Aflac Insurance Company is sponsoring this research, using its iconic “Aflac duck”, which has been turned into a fuzzy robotic toy duck. An AI program allows the duck robot to be responsive to the child and show emotional reactions that are appropriate to the situation.

It also plays games that help these children cope better with their illness and necessary medical treatments.

We rarely think of AI as a vehicle that can express feelings of compassion and other human emotions, but this funny, furry robotic duck does just that.

Photo #22 ~ Robots helping children with cancer


Amazing as a talking robotic duck may be, these new applications for AI are only a taste of its future potential.

Artificial intelligence has already expanded in ways no one could have predicted.

One of these days, it will take our human intelligence to the stars and to galaxies beyond and back home again to the benefit of humanity and Planet Earth.

Photos #23, 24, 25 & 26







Programing Note: I would do the last 4 photos as a slow dissolve from one to the next, so viewers have time to savor the beauty of our cosmos, and then end the series by repeating photo #23, (1st in this series). It the family staring upward in wonder at the night sky and the stars.

It’s nice to think of our human species as part of something so magnificent as the starry night sky and appreciate the continuity — that we join our ancient ancestors in being as smitten now as they were then.

Personal note ^O^

If this seems like too much dialogue to confidently remember, you could just read the script while the photos are being broadcasting, or perhaps it can be pre-record so it plays from the control room along with the slides.

faith ^O^