5.13.2009

Robot teacher conducts first class in Tokyo school

·A robot schoolteacher developed by Japanese scientists has taken a class in a Tokyo school.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/scienceandtechnology/technology/5311151/Robot-teacher-conducts-first-class-in-Tokyo-school.html
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Saya, the female humanoid robot, taught a science and technology lesson to a class of 10-year-old pupils at Kudan Elementary School in Tokyo.
With her neat brown hair, pink lipstick and skirt suit, the robot, created by scientists at Tokyo University of Science, has been designed to resemble as human a form as possible.
Using a range of programmed movements from eyebrow arching to smiling, her face is capable of expressing six basic emotions in the classroom – surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness and sadness.
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"So we hope to be able to develop this robot so it can be remotely controlled to teach these classes."
While Saya's creator Professor Hiroshi Kobayashi said the robot's main purpose was to highlight the joys of technology to children, he also said it would benefit schools suffering from a shortage of human teachers[!!!].
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