Teaching Teddy Rucksman by justadddhmo

Teddy Rucksman is a portable, robotic bear who can speak, think, remember and learn.

April 25, 2009, 8:57 pm - [1]

I've just received one, and I have the power to make him or her into whatever kind of being I want.

April 25, 2009, 9:02 pm - [2]

I control it's gender, it's name, it's personality, and I can train it and teach it whatever I so desire.

April 25, 2009, 9:03 pm - [3]

With this control comes the responsibility to make Teddy into a robot with knowledge of many things who is also able to relate to humans.

April 25, 2009, 9:31 pm - [4]

Though the gender of Teddy is irrelevant to the knowledge and traits the robot will have, it would be more relatable if given one.

April 25, 2009, 9:42 pm - [5]

I will make him male. My instincts are telling me a robot named Teddy Rucksman would automatically be male, and I think most would agree.

April 25, 2009, 9:46 pm - [6]

Despite the statement above stating that the name Teddy Rucksman must relate to the gender, I still have the capability to change his name.

April 25, 2009, 9:47 pm - [7]

His name would be changed to make him more relatable, because I want humans to want to talk to him, and to reflect his intelligent nature.

April 25, 2009, 9:57 pm - [8]

I will name him Teddy Knows-It-All because it suggests his abundance of knowledge, and he can still retain his friendly first name, Teddy.

April 25, 2009, 10:18 pm - [9]

Now that I've given Teddy a gender and an official name, I need to develop his personality.

April 25, 2009, 11:02 pm - [10]

Again, I want him to be not only a knowledgeable bear, but also one that people want to talk to. Thus, his personality should reflect that.

April 26, 2009, 4:20 pm - [11]

I will give him a sense of humor, so that when people ask him questions he can give them answers and make them laugh at the same time.

April 26, 2009, 4:25 pm - [12]

I'd also like him to be inquisitive.

April 26, 2009, 4:31 pm - [13]

With the teaching methods I'll have- which I'll describe later- he'll learn a lot, but he can still learn more from those who talk to him.

April 26, 2009, 4:32 pm - [14]

If he is innately curious, he will learn more and thus have more knowledge.

April 26, 2009, 4:33 pm - [15]

In addition to his sense of humor and inquiring disposition, I'd like Teddy to be caring.

April 26, 2009, 4:36 pm - [16]

If someone asks him for help on a personal problem, he'll best be able to answer it if he feels concerned for the person asking.

April 26, 2009, 4:38 pm - [17]

Because people like to feel wanted and loved, his sympathy towards them may make some more inclined to interact with Teddy.

April 26, 2009, 4:39 pm - [18]

There are several steps I need to take to ensure Teddy knows as much as he can know and that he will have these personality traits.

April 26, 2009, 4:44 pm - [19]

As his name suggests, I want Teddy to know it all: math, science, geography and any other branch of knowledge that exists.

April 26, 2009, 4:45 pm - [20]

I want him to have a wide vocabulary range and be able to have philosophical discussions with those who talk to him.

April 26, 2009, 4:55 pm - [21]

These are obviously very lofty goals for Teddy that will require just the right teaching methods.

April 26, 2009, 5:08 pm - [22]

To give him a funny personality, I plan on having him listen to comedians doing stand-up and comedic movies and television shows.

April 26, 2009, 5:24 pm - [23]

Likewise, to make him a curious bear, I'll read Curious George, the book series about the adventures of a curious monkey.

April 26, 2009, 5:40 pm - [24]

To ensure he'll have sympathy for others, I will simply tell him the importance of caring about the people who talk to him.

April 26, 2009, 6:00 pm - [25]

Each of these personality-developing activities will be repeated over the course of however long it takes for Teddy to have the traits.

April 26, 2009, 7:46 pm - [26]

Just as I will have to teach Teddy his personality, I will also have to figure out a way to teach him the things he'll need to tell others.

April 26, 2009, 7:59 pm - [27]

This will not be an easy task, because I want him to be well rounded.

April 26, 2009, 8:00 pm - [28]

Ideally, to teach him general knowledge, I would read to him the entire series of Encyclopedia Britannica books.

April 26, 2009, 8:31 pm - [29]

If that is not realistic enough for this assignment, I would have him listen to a series of CD's with each kind of subject within them.

April 26, 2009, 8:38 pm - [30]

Furthermore, to make it so he would be good at philosophically conversing with people, I would just have in depth conversations with him.

April 26, 2009, 8:41 pm - [31]

Over time, he would become smarter and smarter, because each time he'll talk to someone, he'll learn new things.

April 26, 2009, 8:43 pm - [32]

Ultimately, it is this feature will be his most important one: the ability to learn new things.

April 26, 2009, 8:49 pm - [33]

For, with this feature, Teddy will be able to have an intelligence similar to that of a human.

April 26, 2009, 8:55 pm - [34]

And after all, isn't that what artificial intelligence is all about?

April 26, 2009, 8:56 pm - [35]
Completed: April 26, 2009, 8:57 pm