- Posted by admin@FC
- On 23rd October 2018
A robot has answered questions from MPs about the role of technology in classrooms during a hearing at the House of Commons.
Pepper, the first robot to ever appear before a parliamentary select committee, is part of an international research project that is developing the world’s first culturally aware robots.
The android, which is designed to assist with care for older people, was quizzed by MPs about the role humans will play in the fourth industrial revolution.
Introducing itself to the Education Select Committee, Pepper bowed and said: “Good morning, chair. Thank you for inviting me to give evidence today.
“My name is Pepper and I am a resident robot at Middlesex University.”
Standing as it spoke, Pepper’s arms and head moved while it gave pre-programmed answers to questions which had been sent in advance.
Pepper 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.
“As technologies fuse and are used in ways that were not envisaged before, a new way of thinking is needed by tomorrow’s workers.
“We will need people who can spot ideas and think across traditional sector divides to drive value from technological innovation.”
It also told MPs that students at Middlesex had programmed its interfaces to work with primary school children and those with special needs to develop their skill