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South Korea Introducing Robotic Teachers

ScuttleMonkey posted about 9 years ago | from the apples-on-this-desk-wont-help dept.

Robotics 210

dorkygeek writes "The Korean Advanced Intelligent Robot Association (KAIRA) will have 64 educational robots deployed by the end of 2005. Able to read out English stories and correct pronunciation of English words to children, these robots are going to be supplied to apartment complexes in Seoul, Bucheon and Bundang in Gyeonggi province for testing purposes. After testing is complete, the Ministry of Information and Communication and KAIRA plan to commercialize the robots as early as 2006. If there exists sufficient demand, education robots will sport other subjects (as mathematics, etc.) apart from English, as well as also target older students." Update Link removed when host decided to change it to porn. Sorry.

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Pushing is the solution! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710663)

Pushing is the solution!

No, shoving, shoving is the solution!

The humans mustn't learn the terrible secret of time and space! We must shove the humans down the stairs!

ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (2, Informative)

sosume (680416) | about 9 years ago | (#13710777)

Don't click the link it you're in a timezone where it's before noon..

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about 9 years ago | (#13710791)

I did and got a nasty NSFW image of a huge asshole.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

IngramJames (205147) | about 9 years ago | (#13710854)

I did and got a nasty NSFW image of a huge asshole.

Verified. For all people who are curious and want to double check, don't.

To re-iterate: the link in the main article is a GOATSE troll picture.

If you don't know what that means, then you don't want to; especially if you're at work, or there are children nearby, or you have just eaten, or ever want to eat again.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (0, Offtopic)

ThJ (641955) | about 9 years ago | (#13710864)

Why hasn't anybody removed this article?

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710973)

Why the hell was it put up in the first place!?!?!

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

daniil (775990) | about 9 years ago | (#13710999)

Because a) there was no goatse image in the article when it went online (I know, because I happened to read it only a few minutes after it went live), and b) it probably sounded interesting (and credible) enough.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13710876)

This is the finest article I've ever read on Slashdot.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (5, Funny)

tehshen (794722) | about 9 years ago | (#13710984)

It's not that good; I can see a great big hole in their argument

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

ernexbcn (920149) | about 9 years ago | (#13711004)

I concur, this is greatest thing I've seen here, much funnier than triple dupes. Hell, I even registered to post this after YEARS of reading /. everyday.

I bet we'll see a dupe of the goatse korean robot teachers in 3 days.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13711030)

Let's hope so!

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710912)

GODDAMN IT. Couldn't sleep tonight... decided to do some work... hey, let's jump on slashdot for a break...

I've managed to NEVER see that goddamn picture until now. Some little fuck is laughing at me right now. Laughing like the little fucker that loosens the cap to the salt shaker at a restaurant.

Why is that link still there? As of right now there's like 70 comments!!!!

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13711039)

Stop whining! This is one of /.'s finest moments in history. Enjoy it while it lasts, and pray for more.

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710917)

First, here are the actual URL's(I hope). IT's appeared as if they've changed their page to moon slashdot...

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200510/02/200510022 148293739900090609062.html [joins.com]

http://www.google.com/search?q=Ministry+promotes+r obot+to+teach+students+English&sourceid=mozilla-se arch&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=fire fox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official [google.com]

I just know some network admin is laughing his ass off at this prank. ...

No, that wasn't MEANT as a pun. FSCK!

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (0, Offtopic)

grimJester (890090) | about 9 years ago | (#13710921)

Robotic Goatse trolls - What will those crazy koreans think of next?

Re:ARTICLE IS A TROLL -- GOATSE ALERT (-1, Offtopic)

Ron Bennett (14590) | about 9 years ago | (#13711148)

I rarely visit Slashdot anymore due to all the dupes, frequent typos, off-topic articles, etc ...

And then today, Slashdot really outdoes itself with a goatse, or whatever it is, picture ...

How can such a popular site like Slashdot be so poorly run ... is editing and checking links that difficult?

And reflects poorly on OSTG - I've never trust any service / product they offer being they can't even run a simple site like Slashdot ... end of rant.

Ron

Wyomissing? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13711158)

Is that near Klutztown?

Re:Pushing is the solution! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710922)

I'm pretty sure my Maths teacher was a robot, and that was back in the 70's...

Sweet... (4, Funny)

commodoresloat (172735) | about 9 years ago | (#13710664)

And if you misbehave in class, forget being sent to the principal's office. RoboProf will just spit fire [engadget.com] at you!

Lucky Scuttlemonkey! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710724)

A Korean error message a day keeps the goat away!

Unlucky Scuttlemonkey! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710754)

... but only for a while. Ha!

Re:Sweet... (1)

Zoop (59907) | about 9 years ago | (#13711015)

Apparently, nobody over there saw Class of 1999 [imdb.com] .

Once again, Malcolm McDowell--and a killer robot--has shown us the way.

Obligatory (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710666)

I for one.... oh why bother.

Re:Obligatory (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710684)

Oh herro!

Sounds Familiar (5, Funny)

Brent Spiner (919505) | about 9 years ago | (#13710667)

robots that can help young students pronounce English words
So basically they've discovered Speak n' Spell.

Re:Sounds Familiar (2, Insightful)

jedZ (571869) | about 9 years ago | (#13710675)

Exactly. Electronic educational aids/toys have been around for ages. What does lookin like a robot have to do with anything?

Re:Sounds Familiar (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710937)

No, this one speaks proper English. Speak 'n Spell spoke and spelled American.

OK, that's fine, if that's where you are, but they were selling these things in Australia. Thousands of kids with these things wondered why "color" got marked wrong by their teacher.

I can just imagine it now (2, Funny)

aussie_a (778472) | about 9 years ago | (#13710673)

Kid: Wewwy Robot: No, it's worry. Kid: disk Robot: No, it's dicks. Kid: Hex Robot: No, it's sexual intercourse.

In one of Lem's books (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710674)

In one of Lem's books such devices are described as "didactic computer, resilient to the contestational activity of students. See also anticontestational battle means and techniques".

Mr Explete-o-matic (4, Interesting)

St0rmwarden (759530) | about 9 years ago | (#13710677)

"...can connect the robots to the Net, and then download contents of their choice from the ministry's Web site." Can anyone else see where this is going - how long did it take them to hack the PSP? And people thought that teaching furbies to swear was a bad enough influence on children...

Re:Mr Explete-o-matic (3, Interesting)

hyu (763773) | about 9 years ago | (#13710693)

And people thought that teaching furbies to swear was a bad enough influence on children...

That's not the only fun you can have with a Furby. If you drop one from a high enough height, and it lands right, it will start going insane, eyes blinking uncontrollably, and making excited little noises. It's actually pretty scary. The only way to make it stop is to open it up and tear out the batteries.

But more to the point, about the hackable robots. Surely this is something we need to expect, is it not? I mean, the more we venture into technology, the more likely we are to find out flaws and exploits, and the more likely it is that someone will abuse something created with good intentions. The reason killer robots are so common in fiction is not just because it makes an interesting story, but because it is a very likely outcome. It's really just a matter of time.

Interesting indeed (5, Interesting)

zeridon (846747) | about 9 years ago | (#13710680)

Very interesting. Apart from the impact that this have concerning human mind and perception that is indeed a beautifull invention. I am very interested what algorhytms they have used for voice detection.
Just take in mind that theese metal cans must understand childs, which are so easily distracted and with so many different types of voices and speaches.
Think about the fact that theese robots should have somehow nice look and to be unobtrusive.

Re:Interesting indeed (1)

fireklar (533430) | about 9 years ago | (#13710957)

You obviously want me to suggest that you yourself require one or more of these robot teachers on account of your spelling and grammar, but I won't fall for such easy bait.

Yes, but... (-1, Redundant)

2e (93074) | about 9 years ago | (#13710682)

In Korea only old people use Robotic Teachers.

Re:Yes, but... (-1, Offtopic)

elronxenu (117773) | about 9 years ago | (#13710701)

In South Korea, only old people are taught by humans.

Lies! All lies! (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710683)

In Korea, only old people learn Engrish from Robots!

Targeting older students? (2, Funny)

ankarbass (882629) | about 9 years ago | (#13710695)

Kids meet your new assistant principal...robocop!

What's wrong with people, people? (2, Insightful)

Wonderkid (541329) | about 9 years ago | (#13710700)

Huggable Unreliable Malitious Adorable Naughty Which is why they are indispendible.

Re:What's wrong with people, people? (2, Interesting)

PsiPsiStar (95676) | about 9 years ago | (#13710731)

This is to language learning what spellcheck is to essay writing, and long overdue.

The purpose of formal language instruction is to teach rules. The advanced classes can have human teachers.

Great (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710703)

A whole generation of Koreans who speak English like Stephen Hawking...

Re:Great (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710715)

Actually the only reason Stephen Hawking doesn't upgrade his voice synthesizer to something that sounds more realistic is because everyone (including himself) is so used to the old voice.

Much more interesting story... (-1, Offtopic)

pubjames (468013) | about 9 years ago | (#13710709)

Slashdot editors - why haven't you posted the news that Sun and Google are going to make an announcement later today, perhaps "Google Office"?? [reuters.co.uk] That's a much bigger story than this.

Re:Much more interesting story... (-1, Offtopic)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 9 years ago | (#13710721)

Probably because of a couple of things

a) slashdot has already used up its GOOG quota for the day (not likely)

b) Readers (like yourself) haven't submitted it yet and are instead talking in another story.

c) They might actually be waiting for the actual news, not just the speculation about what the announcement will be (most likely)

Its not a big story until they actually announce something, and then I'm sure there will be a story (and yes, they will probably dupe it several times to make up for this "crime" of silence now)

Re:Much more interesting story... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710843)

Because they preferred Moon and Kaira have made an announcement today, perhaps a "Teaching Kancho Robot"

Any other languages? (1)

PsiPsiStar (95676) | about 9 years ago | (#13710740)

Does any one know a good setup like this for teaching English to Chinese speakers, or teaching any language to Enlgish speakers?

OMFG, this is the logical next step (4, Interesting)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about 9 years ago | (#13710749)

Considering English teachers in Japan and Korea are basically treated like human tape recorders (yes, I've been there, and I've done that) I've often felt that we could be replaced by robots.... we've joked about it, and now they've done it!

I'm speechless...

I know Japan keeps complaining that it can't learn English well despite all the teachers, but hell.... this isn't the solution. I dunno about Koreans, but the reason why the Japanese can't learn English is because generally speaking they lack the social skills required to meet foreign people in the first place. The Japanese culture never seems to give them a chance to meet strangers, display self-confidence or exuberance, or speak their minds enough to communicate on a different level othen than their own langauge in their own culture. We could argue all day about how speaking with robots, for anyone of any culture, isn't going to help anyone achieve the goal of improved human interaction skills.

Re:OMFG, this is the logical next step (1)

mxpengin (516866) | about 9 years ago | (#13710786)

The reason japanese people cannot speak in english is because the japanese language is very limited in sounds, so when they try to talk something else is impossible for them. I study in a japanese university and in general people has a good grammar and vocabulary, but its really difficult for them to talk. And reading is the same story, they are used to read kanji and not letters.

I'd just guess that it has to do with the facts (2, Insightful)

Ogemaniac (841129) | about 9 years ago | (#13710820)

that Japanese, in comparison to English, has far fewer sounds and a completely alien grammar. It simply takes a huge amount of effort for a native speaker of one of these languages to learn the other.

Don't know Japan, but Korea's biggest problem... (5, Informative)

aendeuryu (844048) | about 9 years ago | (#13710836)

Don't know about Japan, but Korea's biggest problem is that English education here has exploded to the point that the standards for hiring teachers are frighteningly low. Generally, all they require is that you have any university degree from an English speaking country. A B.Ed or a TESOL certificate will get you higher pay, and a Masters or higher will get you a shot at a university gig, but it's really not hard for someone with a degree in something totally unrelated to teaching and/or English to get a cushy job in a metropolitan-area middle school. Of course, the fact that the english alphabet has some subtleties that the Korean alphabet (for want of a better word) lacks, means that it helps to have someone in the room demonstrating (for instance) how to differentiate between the 'b' and 'v' phonetics. But when you get right down to it you've got a ton of people in the position of authoritative English instructors who, in terms of their qualifications, are getting regarded and paid more than they're worth.

What's happened is that English education has become its own industry with tons of hagwons (private after-school academies) popping up all over, both legal and illegal. They really just need a white guy or girl to help with sales. That they prefer white people is in itself a symptom of the problem -- they bring foreigners over to teach not because they're more qualified (maybe as english speakers, but hardly as teachers) but because they're convinced that a parent is more likely to send their kid to a hagwon if they see whitey interacting directly with the kids. Please note, that's a criticism of the schools, which can often be quite shadey, not the parents, who run the full gamut from loving every foreigner who comes into their country to being somewhat xenophobic.

Not all schools, and not necessarily even hagwons, are all that bad, but treating education as a business has become a problem that's even penetrated the public school system. It might get worse before it gets better, and it's too bad, because I think they're hoping for faster results than are realistic.

Anyhow, I doubt the robot thing will catch on, at least not to the point that I'll be out of a job (I've been here 3 years now and still going), but it is emblematic of a culture that's taking pretty radical approaches to English education. Correcting kids' pronunciation? That's hard to do without a human mouth over-enunciating things, and the brain wiring needed to instantly differentiate between almost-homonyms ('bet' and 'vet', for instance).

What's more, discipline is often an issue when teaching in Korea, which means that they're going to need teachers there ANYWAY. Although, it might be fun watching a robot putting the kids in line.

Re:Don't know Japan, but Korea's biggest problem.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710900)

The same is true in China, and you're absolutely right about wanting a white face. Language schools will hire an English teacher of European descent regardless of their qualifications, teaching skills or even language ability. But a native speaker who happens to be Asian will have a much harder time, even if they have all the appropriate skills and certificates.

Re:Don't know Japan, but Korea's biggest problem.. (3, Interesting)

Neo-Rio-101 (700494) | about 9 years ago | (#13710991)

That's not too different to Japan. Firstly, the biggest "eikaiwa" (english conversation) school is run by the yakuza AFAIK. They have a high staff turnover to keep the faces fresh and just-off-the-boat.

The Japanese haven't gone as far as the Koreans in the robot department (yet, but it's only a matter of time), nor are they having surgery to their mouths so that they can pronounce English yet. To me, the problem has never been pronounciation - but simple lack of ability to socialize, even in their own language. The pronunciation is not THAT important as long as the message gets across. Their conversation only ever gets as far as "do you like sushi?" because in Japanese, that's one of the only safe topics you can start a conversation with. Asking them to have an opinion on something, introduce themselves, talk about what they like, stand out from the crowd, or provide debate usually leads most students to panic because all these things are unwritten taboo in Japanese culture. They tend to believe that self-expression causes conflict with other people's feelings, although how they rationalize this I don't know. End result is that in class they just sit there in muted silence, unable to say anything for fear of insulting somebody, or getting the pronounciation wrong for the first 100 times as you normally would during the learning process. At the end, most teachers pull their hair out in frustration, as getting angry and forcing discipline on the students only makes them run away.

The other problem with English in Japan as I see it, is that English is treated as a status symbol (for job prospects, or showing off that you have a hobby, or for meeting a foreign guy for marriage, etc) rather than as an actual form of communication. That, and the Japanese are jealous that we are more outgoing and sociable people than they are - and have blonde hair and blue eyes.

Sorry, I've been here too long.... must stop being so cynical....

computers pronouncing english (2, Funny)

Daktaklakpak (322915) | about 9 years ago | (#13710750)

i wonder if kids learning english this way will end up with that weird text-to-speech dr. sbaitso accent. that would be sweet! 20 years from now we'll have a whole new group of people whose accents we can make fun of.

Re:computers pronouncing english (1)

Aptiva (846539) | about 9 years ago | (#13710815)

Well, it'd be the same group, just a different accent ;)

Targeting System Engaged (1)

nicktripp (717517) | about 9 years ago | (#13710763)

...as well as also target older students."

Are they subcontracting the manufacturing of the robots to Cyberdyne Systems?

repeat after me class! (-1, Offtopic)

Daktaklakpak (322915) | about 9 years ago | (#13710767)

The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain.

Re:repeat after me class! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710850)

Actually, contrary to what you have heard, the rain in Spain falls almost invariably in the hills.

Re:repeat after me ass! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710932)

seems on topic today

Iek! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710774)

Did anyone follow the link? This is seriously not the first thing I want to see on my get-up Slashdot check!

Re:Iek! (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13711050)

Oh, but it's the first thing that wanted to see you in the morning . . .

In Korea... (-1, Redundant)

Underholdning (758194) | about 9 years ago | (#13710776)

In Korea, only old people welcome the new robot overlords

Re:In Korea... (-1, Offtopic)

BlueTrin (683373) | about 9 years ago | (#13710928)

In Soviet Korea, pervert teachers are robots !

Hack (1)

Muppski (918156) | about 9 years ago | (#13710783)

I wonder if you can hack it and play nintendo on it?

Re:Hack (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710824)

I wonder if you can hack it and play nintendo on it?

You mipselled Kancho

Re:Hack (-1, Offtopic)

Ruphuz (817865) | about 9 years ago | (#13710887)

And you misspelled misspelled, coward.

Re:Hack (0, Offtopic)

Binsky (868817) | about 9 years ago | (#13711010)

Hmmm, was something changed along the way, or was there a disturbing picture attached to the first link already? Thanks for the shock, whoever! (especially nice on the workfloor, great job!) /sarcasm

Wow, a giant A Hole (-1, Offtopic)

Aqua OS X (458522) | about 9 years ago | (#13710800)

So here's my question... was that a hack, or poor editing?
Either way, I screamed, then laughed, then shivered in disgust.

now, let's see how long this stays online.

Re:Wow, a giant A Hole (-1, Offtopic)

LiquidCoooled (634315) | about 9 years ago | (#13710803)

It took a while for anyone to notice.
My guess, it was changed after it was on the front page.
someone mustv read at least some of the article before it got there and no1 noticed until now.

Re:Wow, a giant A Hole (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710995)

This is *Slashdot*. Even the "editors" don't RTFA. Or, if they did, odds are they followed the first link, saw that it was OK, got lazy, and didn't follow the second one.

It's interesting to note how many people didn't RTFA, though, and the fact that all but one of them have 6-digit UIDs.

Personally, I think that Slashdot needs to implement a filter based on the size of the UID: I'd actually login again if I could filter out 6-digit UID posts.

Re:Wow, a giant A Hole (-1, Offtopic)

daniil (775990) | about 9 years ago | (#13710994)

It was a hack. Someone replaced the article text with a goatse image. What I'd like to know is, who did this, someone from the outside or an angry webmaster with a sick sense of humor?

Whatever you do..... (-1, Offtopic)

amanox (862297) | about 9 years ago | (#13710823)

.. do NOT click on the "64 educational robots" link...

If only... (1)

CZA2006 (901842) | about 9 years ago | (#13710832)

These robots could double as servers. That way I'd be able to RTFA!!! >

Re:If only... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710868)

Contrarily to what parent may hint at, the servers are currently not slashdotted

(at least not in the usual meaning of the word...)

SHEESH (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710852)

WHAT! - that's gotta hurt, follow the link to see a pic a some guys rectum, not cool!

In other news (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710860)

Slashdot's fucking idiot editors have finally published a story with a goatse link. Well done you stupid morons.

Re:In other news (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13711057)

About time they got something right.

Goatse linked in article? (-1, Offtopic)

StonedRat (837378) | about 9 years ago | (#13710874)

Why does "64 educational robots" link to mr goatse? Trolls posting on slashdot now?

Re:Goatse linked in article? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710892)

Maybe someone didn't appreciate being slashdotted. I'd do something similar if I got linked.

Re:Goatse linked in article? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13711141)

Trolls posting on slashdot now?

OMG!!! When did that happen?

Robots... (-1, Offtopic)

Druox (911165) | about 9 years ago | (#13710877)

"....she's MY sexbox, and her name is Sony.."

Wow, not only are they teacher robots... (-1, Offtopic)

saucercrab (855892) | about 9 years ago | (#13710882)

...It looks like they unite to form some kind of goatse Voltron, too! Finally, a teacher who can really keep the kids in line!

So now even SK has TV's and videorecorders (1)

Seiruu (808321) | about 9 years ago | (#13710901)

What's next? DVD's?

Here's the real article and link (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710906)

http://joongangdaily.joins.com/200510/02/200510022 148293739900090609062.html [joins.com]

it's possible that their server has been compromised. it looks like the printable version of this article will display Mr Goatse. but the original article page is fine. so yeah.. don't click on the Print icon. unless that sorta thing turns you on.

Re:Here's the real article and link (-1, Offtopic)

Craggles (65757) | about 9 years ago | (#13711106)

Can someone please mod my parent post up, it's the only link to the real article (minus goatse) here. It should be a 5.

High School (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710910)

Seems like most of the teachers I had growing up were fairly robotic. Not much of a difference here.

Please fix the '64 educational robots' link. (-1, Offtopic)

master_p (608214) | about 9 years ago | (#13710911)

As I write these lines, I am in a state of tremendous shock. It's not that I haven't encountered the specific picture before, but I was thinking about education, children, about if robots are human-like or not...and now any thoughts about having lunch have totally disappeared from my mind!

Re:Please fix the '64 educational robots' link. (0)

master_p (608214) | about 9 years ago | (#13710919)

P.S.: those that have posted without RTFA are the benefited ones for once...

I see ... (1, Funny)

BlueTrin (683373) | about 9 years ago | (#13710915)

that's why koreans can't speak proper english, they should try to use their mouth to speak not their a...

KAIRA? (1)

spammeister (586331) | about 9 years ago | (#13710938)

Anything that can be slightly changed to AKIRA is scary in my books. What could possibly go wrong? ("Learn English" commercial anyone?)

Crap (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 years ago | (#13710952)

Let this be a troll if you like, but the title alone makes me say: no way this is true.

Those robots look like ass (-1, Offtopic)

MrP- (45616) | about 9 years ago | (#13710971)

Literally

ED-209 (2, Funny)

Average_Joe_Sixpack (534373) | about 9 years ago | (#13710992)

"Put down your spit-ball gun, you have 20 seconds to comply!"

Dalek (1)

chris_sawtell (10326) | about 9 years ago | (#13711005)

When speaking to a student, can they say "Exterminate" correctly?

Good Job ScuttleMonkey (insert sarcasm here) (-1, Redundant)

RealSkee (627856) | about 9 years ago | (#13711019)

Good job reviewing the links monkey boy.

I concur! (-1, Offtopic)

DrMrLordX (559371) | about 9 years ago | (#13711067)

Citizens demand more goatse links in submissions.

English-teaching robots are an American invention (2, Interesting)

indy (23876) | about 9 years ago | (#13711070)

... and have been used with great success in Iraq [slashdot.org] .

OMDG!!! (-1, Offtopic)

ceeam (39911) | about 9 years ago | (#13711108)

Wow!.. Can anyone say RTFA?! Gives a whole new meaning to "FA" part (and "A" does not stand for "article" here, I tell you). [shocked]

World domination (1)

trintron (862057) | about 9 years ago | (#13711118)

Year from now, South Korea is announcing world domination.

k... (-1, Offtopic)

Brandon K (888791) | about 9 years ago | (#13711127)

I, for one, welcome our new disgusting assholed overlords.
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