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What role will robots play in our future? - Struggling with paragraphs, and a persuasive essay

CyanFridge 1 / 1  
Dec 30, 2020   #1

the approach to writing about robots role in the future

Hey everyone, as the title says, I have been struggling with a persausive essay for long enough my school was planning on withdrawing me because they thought I wasn't doing it. I have gotten that sorted out, but I was really hoping to have at least a rough draft by the end of the break to show my teacher. Unfortuantely, all my research leads me to more questions, often not related to the original point. I feel like I've gotten nowhere.

The assignment is to write an 800 word essay about one of the topics listed. I chose 'What role will robots play in our future?' because I enjoy automation, so I thought it might make it easier. I can't use personal pronouns like 'I' or 'You', and I have to cite all my sources in MLA formatting. After it's all done I need to write a bibliography. Unfortunately, I don't even know what it is. I tried looking it up and it confused me more. Is it the same as citing my sources?

I don't even really know what my question is, to be honest, I just need help. I have next to nothing down and it's been months. Please, and thank you in advance.

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Dec 31, 2020   #2
The prompt leaves you open to discuss several related (sub) fields in relation to robotics. You still need to whittle that down to a smaller (sub) section for you to be able to focus on a particular discussion regarding automation. In order to discuss the future of automation, you first, have to go back into its history. If you read about the history of robotics, you should come up with several fields of interest that will directly relate to the prompt. Pick one of the industries involved and focus on that. If you try to focus on robotics in general, you will definitely end up with more questions than answers. Ask your adviser if you will be allowed to focus on a field of robotics rather than robotics in general. If you are allowed to focus on a field, then half the problem will be solved for you.

Possible topics for the future of robotics include:
- Automated driving / passenger plane flying
- Automated home services/ tourism industry
- Medical robots
- Robots replacing police officers

The list goes on and on. So you have to focus on a specific field, rather than a general discussion. The prompt you were given sounds like you have room to create a focus point. Ask your adviser if that is so. If you are allowed to expand on the starting topic, then pick a sub topic to discuss from the various robotics applications that can be found in almost every aspect of human life.

It is easy to write general statements without personal pronouns when you have done enough data driven research. Don't worry about that for now. Get a thesis statement worked out first. As for the formatting, you can refer to online samples for MLA citations within the text. It is actually easy to do once you have the template for the various quoting styles in that writing format.

Citing your sources is not the same as the bibliography. The bibliography is the list of sources you used in the paper, using the standard MLA Works Cited page format. The template for that is also available online. The unbreakable rule is, if you have it listed as a source, there needs to be a paraphrase or in-text citation for that reference in the actual paper.
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Dec 31, 2020   #3
Sweet! Thank you so much for the help! I'll continue trying to bang out the rough draft and I'll post it when I'm finished for more input. Thanks again!

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