Let’s bow down to our robotic overlords. In Korea.
I’m sure you’ve considered a day when you would be interacting with humanoid robots on a daily basis, right? Well, that day is coming up soon in South Korea. The government will spend about 45 million USD on an “R-Learning” program that will put English-speaking robot teachers into preschools and kindergartens nationwide by next year.
Of course, the kids won’t be supervised entirely by these bots, but they will be involved with duties like singing songs and telling stories. As with many non-English speaking countries, there just aren’t enough qualified English language teachers (let alone native speakers to interact with students), so this easily-standardised method is definitely a viable option. Most of us wouldn’t be comfortable speaking to a robot, but if kids are acclimatised early, this could lead the way to further robo-education.
With all the advances in computer and robot technology, do you think that there will soon be a replacement for real live teachers?