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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

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Two students with a robot.

The Alpha Mini robots are part of a pilot teaching program in 300 childcare centers in the South Korean capital.

Credit: Anthony Wallace/AFP/Getty Images

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids in kindergartens, with the goal of preparing the next generation for a hi-tech future.

The Alpha Mini robot stands 24.5 cm (about 9.6 inches) tall and can wink/blink, dance, sing, recite stories, and teach kung fu moves.

The robot also features a camera that can send photos to a tablet.

Said Han Dong-seog of the government's childcare division, "In the future, knowing how to manage [artificial intelligence] and related tools will be very important. We believe having this experience in nursery schools will have a lasting effect throughout their youth and as adults."

From The Guardian (U.K.)
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