Task 4. option 2.

Task compare human systems to digital systems.

If I wanted to make a computer as human as possible what would I need to do? What would I need to include in my computer? How could I use what the computer already has?

Inside your computer – Bettina Bair | TED-Ed

View the video above and record in a table the features of a computer. Think about human systems and relate them to computer systems.

What features do we have?

Eyes- to see the outside world

Ears to hear the outside world

Brain to interpret what we see and hear

Physical feeling to transmit information to our brain about outside conditions


Human What does it do? Computer systems What does it do?
Muscular system Helps our body move by contracting and relaxing Robotics uses hydraulics and mechanical systems Allows the movement of limbs.
Skeletal system Provides a structure for the muscles to move and holds our body upright. Protects our soft insides. Hardware


Is the physical parts of the computer
Brain – command centre Sends signals from our brain to muscles to move them


Our brain interprets the signals from our senses

Central processing unit


Fetching instructions from memory and executing them
Nervous system Transmits signals to and from the brain networks Transmits data to and from peripheral devices and other computers.

Sight- eyes

Hearing- ears

Feeling- hands, skin, feet

Smell- nose


Brain interprets information received by structures in the eyes.

Sends signals from our senses to our brain






Provides commands for the cpu to execute.

Is an interface for human operators to interact with CPU/ database.

voice Makes sounds

Used for communication





Provides information from the CPU /data base to human operators
memory Stores data memory Stores data
discourse Provides information to tell the brain how to respond in a set of circumstances. software The programs that tell the CPU what to do in a set of circumstances.


In looking at a human and computer system there are some similarities. We can label a human body with labels we would ordinarily put on a computer and vice versa

Are there any systems that humans have that computers do not have?

Digestive system

Circulatory system

Reproductive system

Emotional responses


Why do we have them but computers do not? This is not a simple question and does not have only one answer. It starts a conversation on what it means to be human and the possible multiple futures of artificial intelligence.


Depending on the age of the students an interesting video is below

The Turing test: Can a computer pass for a human? – Alex Gendler




As a final thinking point view the video below.


The newest robots 2021 | Incredible and technologically advanced robots



Robotics has developed incredibly over the years from simple mechanical devices to programmable robots that can speak, interact with their environment, and do a variety of tasks.  The robots in this video show how advanced robotics and computers have become.

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