JUST PLAY AND LOOK AT THE GIF.
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SOULS GLOW Bioluminescent micro-organisms are captured in this long exposure photo taken at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia. (Photo: Phil Hart / Solent News via the Telegraph) ~ inothernews:
EYE SEE YOU The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. When seen in visible light it appears as a relatively dim red star surrounded by other dim stars and no dust. However, in this infrared image taken with NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer a completely different view emerges: a massive, hot, bright blue star ploughing its way through a large cloud of interstellar dust and gas. (Photo: NASA via the Telegraph) ~ via inothernews:
Problems are merely opportunities waiting for a creative solution. If you keep an open mind and use imagination, creative solutions will present themselves, and wonderful opportunities will appear.
Cue X-Files theme. Scully and Mulder are still in Arkansas, though.
Don’t discard an idea off hand — no matter how crazy it seems.
The 29 robots, about one meter high with a TV display panel for a face, wheeled around the classroom while speaking to the students, reading books to them and dancing to music by moving their head and arms.“Well-educated, experienced Filipino teachers are far cheaper than their counterparts elsewhere, including South Korea,” he said.
The robots, which display an avatar face of a Caucasian woman, are controlled remotely by teachers of English in the Philippines - who can see and hear the children via a remote control system.
Cameras detect the Filipino teachers’ facial expressions and instantly reflect them on the avatar’s face, said Sagong Seong-Dae, a senior scientist at the Korea Institute of Science and Technology.
Cool, but hopefully the robots aren’t teaching students to call other people “cheaper.”
(EDIT: A reader asks why they have to put a “Caucasian” face on the robots if the teachers are Filipinos who speak English. Why not just use Filipino faces? This is a good question.)