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What is an Algorithm?

Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

An algorithm is a set of step by step instructions that are used to do something.

What is a Robot?

Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

The research found 3 broad approaches that scholars use to define robots. These are (1) as artificial humans, (2) programmable machines, and (3) machines that can sense, think, and act on the world. None of these approaches offers a definition that works for all of the ways we already use the word. But they’re a start.

What is Machine Learning? 

Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

Machine learning is a process by which algorithms can 'learn' to interpret data by observing patterns in existing data, and applying those insights to data it has never seen before.

What is a Bot?

Tech Policy Lab, University of Washington

Bots are automated software, designed by human programmers to do tasks on the web. Bots have been around since the beginning of the Internet. As a recent New York Times article says, bots are getting smarter and easier to create. As bots become more convincing, users and researchers need to be careful what we are being convinced of.