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Future classroom will be online, virtual – and taught by robots

“Our new survey has revealed some surprising predictions for the classroom of the future for schools, universities and colleges alike. The survey found that in five years’ time 20% of respondents believe that learning will be done through virtual reality, while a quarter think teaching will be delivered remotely by tutors who might be thousands of miles away. Perhaps more surprisingly is the potential emergence of robots in the role of teacher or lecturer. When asked about whether they expect to see robots delivering lessons, 7% are confident that this will happen in the next five years, rising to 11% for ten years’ time. Almost a fifth (18%) think it will be reality in 20 years.” (via Jisc)

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Robot librarian designed by Aberystwyth University students

“A walking, talking library robot could soon be lightening – or removing – the human librarian’s load after a prototype was created by robotics students. “Hugh”, an artificially intelligent library catalogue, will be able to take verbal book requests, work out where the hard copy is and lead students to the relevant bookshelf. Pasi William Sachiti and Ariel Ladegaard, the robotics students at Aberystwyth University who created Hugh, combined existing robot technology with information from the university’s online library search facility to create their brainchild.” (via Times Higher Education (THE))

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Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots

“They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking. They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages. About the height of a toddler, they look like bigger, better-dressed cousins of Buzz Lightyear.And soon, “Vincent” and “Nancy” will be buzzing around the Westport Library, where officials next week will announce the recent acquisition of the pair of humanoid “NAO Evolution” robots. Their primary purpose: to teach the kind of coding and computer-programming skills required to animate such machines.” (via WSJ)

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Chicago Library Offers Robots for Checkout

“The Chicago Public Library has more than just books for borrowing. It now has a fleet of 500 robots that can be checked out. The idea is to give Chicago residents of all ages a chance to dabble in the basics of computer coding. The gadgets, known as Finch Robots, were donated by Google Chicago and made the library the first in the nation to have them available for people to take home. They can be coded to move, make noises, light up and even draw. Some of the programming can be done by children as young as 8 years old. “We hope to inspire the next generation of technologists and computer scientists,” Jim Lecinski, head of the Google Chicago office, said at a Saturday event announcing the program.” (via NBC Chicago)

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