For the course’s final project, select a fictional robot from literature, film, television, comics, or video games and research, write, and present ethical issues raised in the robot’s story.
The paper should include:
a description of any background needed to understand the ethical issues raised by your robot including the setting and characters.
a description of an ethical issue, either explicit or implied, by the story of your robot.
an explanation of the ethical positions of the above issue, either put forth in the story of your robot or in secondary sources.
a description of how the ethical positions are or would be applied in the context of the story.
an objective evaluation of the ethical positions.
your personal evaluations of the ethical positions.
citations, using MLA format, of both the primary source of your robot and any other secondary sources.
Look at this list of fictional robots if you need help coming up with a robot that will be fun to research and write about.
You will also deliver a short formal presentation of your paper during class. The presentation should:
- be no more than 10 minutes
- have slides
- not use notes
- not be memorized verbatim
- include citations using MLA format
Your presentation will be evaluated according to the Roanoke College Oral Communications Rubric.
Please submit a first draft of your paper for peer evaluation on the course Inquire page before class on Wednesday April 13th.
Please submit a final revision of your paper on the course Inquire page before class on Monday April 18th.
Please submit your presentation slides on the course Inquire page before class on the day of your presentation, either April 20th, 22th, or 25th. Refer to the presentation schedule for the day you will be presenting.