Lesson Plan

The Test for Being Human: Thematic Links Between AI and Frankenstein

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"It's alive!" Or is it? Scholars tackle the question of what it means to be human in a instructional activity that asks them to research the Turning Test and other devices that attempt to prove whether AI devices can pass as humans. After participants view a series of images and lyrics, they try to determine which were created by humans and which were AI-generated. To end the lessons, scholars engage in a Philosophic Chairs discussion of what it means to be human.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Post Isaac Asimov's "Three Laws of Robotics" in a prominent place in the classroom
  • Set aside extra prep time to locate, prepare, and copy the many materials required for the lesson copy
  • Those who have not seen 2001: A Space Odyssey suggest that they might do so
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a projection device with audio for the PowerPoint presentation and the videos
  • A very timely lesson that asks important questions
  • The chosen resources are particularly engaging
  • None