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Tokyo school to host first robot teacher

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Tokyo school to host first robot teacher
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Students at a Tokyo primary school will soon be learning from the first robot teacher, a Japanese science professor says.

University of Tokyo Professor Hiroshi Kobayashi has created a robot capable of teaching human students while also expressing a limited range of emotions, including anger in case of unruly children, The Daily Telegraph said Thursday.

The robot is named Saya and has been under development for 15 years leading up to the scheduled school trial. The robot's 18 facial motors are what give it the ability to mimic certain human emotions while the humanoid's other inner workings allow it to speak multiple languages and set tasks, the newspaper said.

Saya's planned appearance at the primary school will mark the most recent attempt by Japan to integrate robotics into everyday life.

The Telegraph said the Japanese government is hopeful that by 2015, each home in Japan will be equipped with a robot. To meet this end, the government has invested $35 million in the technological field.
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I am sorry to say what we are all thinking. The Japanese are pretty creepy people.

(n.b. I know that they have every right to be since they were nuked by their round eyed imperialist oppressors. I also know that they are, paradoxically, not creepy. What we see as "creepy" is mearly a quaint cultural thing to be applauded and given equal time in your own country if requested to do so)
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ed wrote:I am sorry to say what we are all thinking. The Japanese are pretty creepy people.
I absolutely disagree.

Bring on the robots! 8)
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OK. If Doctor X's photo is for real, that is a bit much.

But somehow I like it.
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Agree with ed on this one. Big question in my tiny Earth mind is: Why? Human teachers not quite good enough for the little yellow bastards? And why does every home need a robot?

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It's the demographic collapse.

Cultural continuity doesn't require genetic relatedness, but the Japanese don't want immigrants. And probably couldn't assimilate them anyway.

Unlike Koreans or whoever, robots can be programmed to be Japanese. 8)
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sparks wrote:Agree with ed on this one. Big question in my tiny Earth mind is: Why? Human teachers not quite good enough for the little yellow bastards? And why does every home need a robot?

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What was that movie about the school where they hired robot-teachers to keep order and they started killing the students instead?
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gnome wrote:What was that movie about the school where they hired robot-teachers to keep order and they started killing the students instead?
Class of 1999

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Nyarlathotep wrote:
gnome wrote:What was that movie about the school where they hired robot-teachers to keep order and they started killing the students instead?
Class of 1999
Thanks!!! That's the one.
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I find it hard to see how a robot could ever simulate the enthusiasm, flexibility, and human qualities that a teacher brings to the classroom. When I'm teaching I am also modeling normal human social interactions. I am always looking for moments in the class where it is beneficial to stray from the prepared lesson to build upon the students' expressed interests. I've even been known to shout and jump around when my students come up with something completely awesome!! Some days we learn there has been a death in this small, close community and I give students a chance to talk about it. Last week, I found a young girl sitting in the hall looking sad. I stopped to ask her if she was OK. Her mood seemed to brighten just from me asking. I’m no Marva Collins, but I care about our students, and I let them know that I care.

I think robots have a place in our modern lives, but I don't think it is in teaching. I think Japanese children would be better served if the government recruited young teachers from other countries and trained them on Japanese culture.

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gnome wrote:
Nyarlathotep wrote:
gnome wrote:What was that movie about the school where they hired robot-teachers to keep order and they started killing the students instead?
Class of 1999
Thanks!!! That's the one.


It goes again to everyone around here having their specialty. :wink:

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Update: More on the same story, with pictures.

Saya-sensei: Synthetic substitute teacher
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196 wrote: ... I find it hard to see how a robot could ever simulate the enthusiasm, flexibility, and human qualities that a teacher brings to the classroom. ...
But what about substitute teachers? :twisted:
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