Monday, May 11, 2009

human teachers will soon be obsolete!

yikes! forget outsourcing to idea, robots are the new threat to the domestic job market!
the robot model Saya teaches a class!

"Saya, can express six basic emotions — surprise, fear, disgust, anger, happiness, sadness — because its rubber skin is being pulled from the back with motors and wiring around the eyes and the mouth."

"The robot SAYA, far right, appears in the lesson at the school in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on Thursday. (Photo Courtesy of the Chiyoda Ward Government)
Students at an elementary school in Tokyo recently received a lesson from an unusual visiting teacher -- a humanoid robot.

A total of 61 fifth-year students at Kudan elementary school in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward took part in the special lesson by android SAYA on Thursday. The robot, designed by Tokyo University of Science professor Hiroshi Kobayashi, has a female appearance. It can move its neck and change its facial expressions, with a total of 30 moving parts, including its eyes and mouth, and can also speak. The robot's name comes from the Malay word for "I."

In the lesson, SAYA, operated by remote control, greeted the students and asked them, "Do you know what kind of robot I am?"

Students were surprised by the robot, saying it looked just like a human. Kobayashi said he hopes it will spur students' interest in science.

"I hope the robot can be used to continue lessons conveying the fun of science and technology," Kobayashi said."

in its previous incarnation Saya was receptionist but has since been promoted to teaching, here she is being super creepy!

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