Robot 'talks' to MPs about future of AI in the classroom

Oct 17, 2018 · bbc.com

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Pepper has become the first robot to appear at a UK parliamentary meeting, talking to MPs about the future of artificial intelligence in education.

The robot is currently based at Middlesex University, working with students and appearing at events.

MPs smiled when the robot was wheeled in, although both questions and answers were pre-arranged.

Tory MP Lucy Allan joked that Pepper was "better than some of the ministers we have had before us".

The Education Committee is looking at the impact technologies such as AI and robotics will have on education.

After introducing itself, Pepper told MPs: "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."

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