Why computer systems must be reliable

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This lesson focuses on the reliability of computer systems, and specifically how this applies in the case of self driving cars, and what some of the implications might be if this reliability is not demonstrated. Students begin by compiling arguments for and against automated vehicles in teams on each table, they are then asked to argue either for or against depending on their area of research. They then move on to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of computers and humans in various situations. After discussing the various viewpoints students move on to look at ways of ensuring reliability and safety in these sorts of systems. Finally they look at a past exam question and how marks would be awarded in the exam. There are videos which may or may not automatically appear in the presentation depending on the way school systems are configured, links to them can be found in the document which contains an overview of the scheme of work

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