Classroom robots learn from every interaction with humans and accumulate knowledge. Fully autonomous, guided by artificial intelligence software and features such as motion tracking and speech recognition, the robots help young students learn simple skills while adapting to their psychology. For example, no child likes to admit his or her own mistakes but may be happy to correct someone else’s; robots can be programmed to make carefully calculated errors when working with students, who learn while correcting them. Robots won’t replace human teachers; instead they serve as effective teacher helpers.
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Sandra Okita, an assistant professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, has programmed her robot “Projo,” to make carefully calculated errors when working with students. As students point out those errors to Projo, they consciously avoid making similar mistakes in their schoolwork.