May 31, 2021

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Who better to teach robotics than a robot themselves?  Photo by Alex Knight via Unsplash

Those worried about robots taking  their jobs may have cause for concern, because the first Russian robotic teacher recently began working in a kindergarten in the northern city of Novy Urengoy

Russian company Promobot designed the machine to be able to interact with children and help them to learn more about the basics of robotics in the classroom. Like any good pedagogue, the robot not only knows how to talk to its pupils, but it can also play games with them. 

The company sees robotics and technology playing an even larger role in the world that these children will help to build, and wants to use their resources to educate and prepare for the next generation of innovators. The ability to easily communicate with a robot might be a vital skill for them in the not-so-distant future. And it's probably easier than virtual classes.

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