The idealistic (or terror-filled) views of robots as portrayed in media is on an entirely different trajectory than the practical roles that robots are capable of fulfilling: cooking, shopping, and medical training. The use of robots in education seems a bit odd, however. Medical uses as humanoid patients makes sense – the tactile feedback of a robot can provide a valuable simulation for students.
But, the article has an image of a robot teaching students. Students are in chairs and rows as would be expected in a typical classroom. How can that possibly be an improvement to the learning experience of children? The image caption states ” A South Korean government report said students like the robots because they never get angry or make sarcastic remarks — unlike their human counterparts.” Wow. Now it looks like we’ve solved all of education’s problems. Sarcasm, after all, is why the current system is struggling. Get rid of that and we should have a perfect system. Yay, robots!