I look at a lot of sources of news every day. My Personal Learning Network has all sorts of diverse things in it. If one just paid attention to purely stories about technology in education one would would miss a lot of things, primarily because education is one of the last places technology tends to show up in. This is of course ironic, because a lot of these stories about tech originate in university research labs.
So here are some articles I have seen in the last month just about technology that could contribute to an automated teacher. I’m thinking this will be a reoccurring series.
Artificial cerebellum enables human-like object handling by robots – They are simulating pieces of the brain and finding that it works the same way as the real brain.
Muscle-like action allows robot’s camera to mimic human eye movement – Here they are creating a mechanical system that is designed the same way as muscles. Turns out that works too.
A robot takes stock – They have designed a prototype robot that can go through a store and visually take inventory. It also can create a 2d and 3d map of where every item is so you can put it up on a website. This will greatly reduce the need for clerks in stores, thus wiping out another whole area of the labor market.
VoiceTra4U-M will translate 31 languages and is Ready for the London Olympics – This software system will translate speech into other spoken languages in realtime. Since it is software it will be everywhere soon. (on cell phones for example).
Using large-scale brain simulations for machine learning and AI – Researchers at Google did a large scale simulation of the brain and trained it to recognize images online. Turns out, it liked pictures of cats. Seriously!
Robot hand beats you at rock, paper, scissors 100% of the time – The robot hand watches your hand with a high speed camera, determines what move you are making, and then quickly makes the correct counter.
These stories are all within the last month. This technology is moving very quickly now so it’s hard to predict when we might see learning technology but it is coming.