Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Kids, Would You Want This Robot to Take Your Notes for You?
"NAO Robot Has Learned To Write
Maybe you’ve dreamt of being that man or woman who is so important as to compose speeches and letters simply by barking out declamations whilst an attentive assistant jots down your brilliant every word. Robot developer Franck Calzada has brought us one step closer. He’s created an assistant scribe for the common man in his new program in which a NAO robot can write any word.
At the moment, however, you’re going to need a lot of time – and patience – if you enlist NAO’s services. To say it’s deliberate in its writing is quite the understatement.
Calzada has himself spent a lot of time with NAO, teaching it to play games like catch, Hangman and the Statue Game. Now, with his ability to write any word it hears, NAO can actually get some work done. This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Nao write. And while it will definitely be some time before it begins replacing office workers, its penmanship has certainly improved..."
Read the full story at its source: http://singularityhub.com/2013/05/10/nao-robot-has-learned-to-write/
BTW... What's a NAO Robot? http://www.robotshop.com/aldebaran-robotics-nao-h25-humanoid-robot-academic-6.html
Student Focus Question(s): Why is this story newsworthy? What do you feel needs to be improved about this robot? Why? If the programers and engineers were able to make the improvements that you'd like to see in this robot, would you use it as a personal secretary? Do you think that some day there will be good robot writing secretaries? Do you think teachers will let students use these robots to take their notes?
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