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If you think of the jobs robots could never do, you would probably put doctors and teachers at the top of the list. It's easy to imagine robot cleaners and factory workers, but some jobs need human connection and creativity. But are we underestimating what robots can do? In some cases, they already perform better than doctors at diagnosing illness. Also, some patients might feel more comfortable sharing personal information with a machine than a person. Could there be a place for robots in education after all?

British education expert Anthony Seldon thinks so. And he even has a date for the robot takeover of the classroom: 2027. He predicts robots will do the main job of transferring information and teachers will be like assistants. Intelligent robots will read students' faces, movements and maybe even brain signals. Then they will adapt the information to each student. It's not a popular opinion and it's unlikely robots will ever have empathy and the ability to really connect with humans like another human can.

One thing is certain, though. A robot teacher is better than no teacher at all. In some parts of the world, there aren't enough teachers and 9–16 per cent of children under the age of 14 don't go to school. That problem could be partly solved by robots because they can teach anywhere and won't get stressed, or tired, or move somewhere for an easier, higher-paid job.

Those negative aspects of teaching are something everyone agrees on. Teachers all over the world are leaving because it is a difficult job and they feel overworked. Perhaps the question is not 'Will robots replace teachers?' but 'How can robots help teachers?' Office workers can use software to do things like organise and answer emails, arrange meetings and update calendars. Teachers waste a lot of time doing non-teaching work, including more than 11 hours a week marking homework. If robots could cut the time teachers spend marking homework and writing reports, teachers would have more time and energy for the parts of the job humans do best.



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Robot teachers help human teachers with a lot of work. They help teachers do not waste their time to mark homework. It is a good idea. But I think teachers not only give us knowledge in textbook but also give us experience in their life. Robot teachers do not show their emotion so students will get boring. They also do not understand students as human.

Personally and frankly speaking it seems to me that having robots teaching classes is partly better if it is seen over a framework of more efficiency when learning, that is, talking about the way in which the students receive the information, as a matter of fact, there have had developments in some universities which have train robots to be capable to carry out the instructions in business, as for instance "Steve Business" in Colombia.

And, assignating robots might not solve the problem of the teachers shortage indeed, because as it usually happens with other things, it's matter of time that robots become a privilege to upper-wealth classes, it means more efficient education than the one they already have.

But there is something else that deals with the concept of being a teacher, and it is making students feel part of the class by opening up with them when understanding them as humans with their strenghts and weaknesses.

Well, it could be a good idea but only for a short period of time a mean like a experiment, because for me, human teachers always will be better interacting with people and his emotions, because at the end of the day, they are human beings talking to human beings.

Hi all members. I think its very interesting idea but robot teacher cannot thinking as human. Robot teacher gives a lot of information but cannot understand children as human.

In my opinion, its a very interesting idea, I agree with the part that the teachers waste many time marking homework and writing reports instead of crating innovating ideas for their students, that for me it’s the part more important in that work.