C3 Broaden Your Thinking: Robotic Movement and Racial Bias

          My inquiry question for this cycle was "How Can I Create a Refined System For Robotic Movement?" While exploring the Butterfly Effect website, I came across Erica Won's research on racial bias. Her inquiry question is "Are we Predisposed to Racial Bias?" I decided to compare my topic on robotic movement with Erica's topic on racial bias for this cycle's broaden your thinking.

          In her research, Erica explains how people have biases towards people of certain races of which they have a negative perception. This leads to people having negative thoughts towards a person of a certain culture immediately after seeing them for a few seconds as the neural activity occurs at the judgemental system. However, she also explains that after looking at the face for more than a few seconds, the neurological activity transfers to the logical part of the brain, after which the person loses the initial negative perspective. While this may seem very different from my topic, I found something common between the two. While I conducted my research, I found that robotics can seem very demanding and difficult which stops many people from pursuing the field. However, after working on it for a bit, I realized that it is actually enjoyable and allows for much flexibility. After spending some time, I found robotics to be much more fun that I had expected. This is similar to how people have initial racial bias when they see someone of a certain race, but then lose it after seeing for a bit.

          From this research cycle, I have learned that things may not always be as they seem, whether the things are people or a certain subject. This information is valuable as I can now carry this on to many other aspects of my life and attempt new activities. Remembering this, I plan on trying a new approach to movement that I am not comfortable with by attempting to use the Raspberry Pi for my next robot project. While the Raspberry Pi is complicated and seems like a lot of effort, perhaps it will not be as dreading as I believe it to be and actually be quite enjoyable. Thank you Erica for your interesting topic which I will continue to read as you progress through your research.

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Hey Adithya, I just wanted to start by saying your project on robotics is super interesting. Keep up the good work! 

You chose a difficult comparison but I thought the way you related expectations to the reality of a situation to Erica's post on initial perceptions vs prolonged perception to be well stated. 


Hi Adithya,

This is a really cool concept you have! I'm flattered by how you've taken my research and somehow implemented it into your own desire to further study robotics, which seems to be your passion. To connect these ideas even further, we know that our initial fear response decreases after an extended period of time, but is still present. It is once you've familiarized a certain face, or have, on multiple occasions, enjoyed the presence of someone from a specific race that your previously prejudiced view of that race changes. Although I am not well versed in this field, the process of experimenting with the Raspberry Pi might be similar to the progression of familiarity of a certain race.

Thanks, and I look forward to your next post!
Erica Won.

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