Artificial intelligence and Robotics in Manufacturing
For Part 2 of your AP pre-drafting you will follow from your diagnosis of your technology’s core problem, and begin to address the various solutions that have been proposed to deal with this problem. There will likely be no single solution to solve the vast array of actual or potential negative consequences that arise from your technology and so your exploration of solutions ought to consider a variety of different viewpoints from a variety of different rhetorical contexts.
This assignment is intended to locate what you think might be the least imperfect solution (or suite of solutions) to your problem. That is, since there are no perfect solutions, and every solution will always itself be either incomplete and/or create new problems, you are instead seeking out solutions that maximize benefits, in all dimensions, while minimizing costs and risks. There are trade-offs in everything we decide and that’s okay.
Answer the following questions and submit them here by Friday.
1.Begin by re-asserting the problem(s) that are at the core of your technology. State in a short paragraph, what it is you are attempting to solve and why this problem is so important.
- Given what’s been stated in 1, provide a summary of a handful of potential solutions or strategies to deal with this problem that you have discovered from your research. Try to find AT LEAST 3 different approaches to this problem. For each different approach:
Describe the solution in a brief paragraph. As best you can explain what does, what its effects will be, who supports it, and how it will be implemented. For this response don’t be overly concerned with the solution’s drawbacks, instead focus on the good it will do.
List the names of prominent people or groups that are supporting this solution and provide a quote or paraphrase that explains their reasoning.
Summarize the drawbacks of this solution, and/or explain the primary criticisms of this solution by those who take a different approach. These criticisms/drawbacks might include practical obstacles, negative externalities, insufficiencies, and/or costs of whatever kind.
Having deliberated over some of the solutions on offer by experts in the field, pick what you think is the best solution and spend roughly 500 words thinking through some of its strengths and weaknesses. Imagine you are writing this to a group of people who are also concerned with this problem and are aware of the history and context in which it arose and exists. Some may support your solution but others may not. The point should not be to necessarily convince this audience but to explain this particular solution and why you personally support, but while also being open and honest about its drawbacks.
Begin by articulating your rationale for why this solution is the least imperfect way to deal with the problem you are attempting to remedy. This may take a couple of paragraphs. Be specific in the ways that your solution addresses the negative effects of your problem and what it might do to mitigate these effects. Find at least 2 sources that articulate your preferred solution and integrate those claims into your opening section.
Then talk about why this solution is imperfect. This also may take several paragraphs. You will want to consider all of the solutions limitations, the difficulties that may come in trying to implement it, new problems that might arise as a result of this solution, its costs, its feasibility, potential ethical/moral objections that might arise, and all of the various claims a detractor might make in opposition to your solution. Here too, find at least 1 expert source that opposes your solution and/or believes some other conflicting solution is more appropriate. Integrate their claims into your summary as best you can.
Finally, in a concluding paragraph assess the strength of your solution in light of the objections that might be raised. This final paragraph ought to be addressed to yourself. Do your best to defend you solution, though you also must do your best to fairly consider the costs/counterarguments from your opponents. Does this solution still seem like the best one? Are you having second thoughts? And if so, on what grounds? Which counterclaim seems most difficult to deal with? Which of your initial assumptions are you reconsidering as a result of this assignment?