Robot, developed by IIT engineers, teaches in a Bengaluru school
Robotics and AI are two core things that will define the future of technology and humanity. They both are being employed in a range of fields, and now, continuing this practice, a school in Bengaluru has introduced humanoid teachers - literal human-like robots for teaching students in the class. Here's all you need to know about them.
Bengaluru's Indus International School has introduced three humanoid robots as part of an effort to replace human teachers, Fossbytes reported. The machines, dubbed Eagle 2.0, will teach the students of Classes VII-IX. Notably, just like modern-day assistants, the humanoids are capable of two-way conversations; they can answer students' queries, even respond to their answers.
Eagle 2.0 has been designed by an in-house team comprising engineers from IIT, content developers, and experienced teachers. They took almost two years to bring the machines to life by developing and assembling 3D-printed components and the motor used in Sophia, one of the most popular social humanoids. These robots cost around Rs. 8 lakh.
Ultimately, the school wants to bring more of Eagle 2.0 robots at campus. They hope to replace human teachers altogether and redefine the entire teaching scene for students. Lt. Gen Arjun Ray, the CEO of Indus Trust, claimed these robots could handle the task of delivering content to students, while the teachers could take the job of mentoring, igniting the entrepreneurial spirit in them.
As part of the next step, the school will continue improving the robots with more human-like emotions and features. The officials will conduct a pilot to see how the machines perform without the presence and guidance of teachers. Plus, they will debut bots that would be able to teach younger kids in a more interactive and friendly way.