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Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

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Middlesex University's Pepper robot addressing Ministers of Parliament.

The first robot to appear at a U.K. parliamentary meeting spoke about the future of artificial intelligence in education.

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A robot from Middlesex University in the U.K. recently addressed Members of Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence (AI) in British education.

The robot said, "Robots will have an important role to play—but we will always need the soft skills that are unique to humans to sense, make, and drive value from technology."

A parliamentary committee queried AI experts about the need for emphasis on advanced technology in education, with those who testified agreeing that the educational system required dramatic change to keep pace with technology.

University College London's Rose Luckin said AI could be helpful in classrooms by handling mundane tasks such as data collection, assessment, administration, and lesson planning.

Michael Wooldridge of Oxford University called the robot’s presentation an "embarrassing gimmick" which gave AI "a bad name."

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