How will Robotics Affect Education?

SIMON SHAH | April 19, 2018

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In recent times there’s been much talk about how robots as a broad and ill-defined category will affect our everyday lives, and jobs, in ways we still can’t quite accurately quantify. Education is one area that certainly hasn’t escaped scrutiny with concerns expressed about robot tutors taking over at every level of education.

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