HIS 484 History Bots

Students in this course will work together in groups to create history bots, objects that can respond to human input (such as speech or a button press) with a verbal response, typically a historical quote. History bots will be based on specific historical figures, like President John F. Kennedy or Marie Curie, or historical composites, like an 1850s English factory worker. In class we will discuss and work together on the research materials that inform each history bot, and will further discuss how we discuss individual figures in history. Why, for example, is historical biography such a popular genre? We will bend technology to our will, but no coding ability or experience is required.