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[2 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Robot English Teachers Do the Tango

A little over a year ago we told you about EngKey; the robot English teachers whose mission is to replaced all native English speaking human teachers in Korea in the next 2 to 4 years. These telepresence bots allow the Korean government the opportunity save money on expensive salaries by recruiting cheaper but qualified teachers in the Philippines to operate the bots from thousands of kilometer away.
Though they may be taking away human jobs, are they cool enough to put us to shame on the dance room? This youtube video …

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[15 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
6 Robots that *Don’t* Take People’s Jobs

Let’s face it. Robots are cool, but nobody wants them.
You hear it all the time: “Why don’t you just ask a human to fold towels/entertain/vacuum/work on an assembly line? Do we really need them? Why robots, when I can just hire my favourite minimum wage immigrant?” The questions are hard, but true.
The business of robots is bleak. Outside of research and education, robots in Japan and abroad are now sold to companies as crowd-draws. What happens when the novelty wears off?
Let me tell you what I think:
What we need are …

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[8 Nov 2011 | No Comment | ]
Japan Creates a Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

Now human beings shouldn’t be the only ones worried about robots taking our jobs. Noble guide dogs may have to watch out for these robo-dogs being developed to be assistance dogs for the blind. Robot parts manufacturer NSK has been working on this robot since 2005 and with each model they move closer to their goal. Below is a video showing a side by side comparison of the 2nd prototype vs the 3rd and current prototype.

As you can see the current prototype is a huge improvement over the previous in …

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[20 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Robot Teacher Wins Kindergarten Kids’ Hearts [Video]

Earlier this year we told you about the Korean government’s plan to replace native English speaking teachers with robots in 3 to 5 years, they certainly haven’t forgotten their promise. Kindergarten classrooms are currently in the process of conducting a three week field trial of the robot KIRO and the students seem to be enjoying it.
KIRO takes an interactive approach to education, teaching students the basics such as the English alphabet with its games and educational software. These different programs can be activated by touching smart cards to the …

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[5 Jan 2011 | 7 Comments | ]
Robots to Replace Native English Teachers

EngKey (English Jockey) robots started the year in 21 schools in South Korea. This is a part of an ambitious program which hopes to “ be able to replace native English speakers in 3 to 5 years.” The current English education system employs over 30,000 teachers from native English speaking countries such as the US, the UK, Australia and others. The problem according to the South Korean government is that it’s too expensive to hire these teachers and it’s often difficult to find teachers for rural areas. Some may speculate …