Robot ‘to appear at select committee for first time’

A robot will appear before a select committee for what is believed to the first time when it answers questions about the fourth industrial revolution.

The education committee will ask Pepper about the implications for education of developments in artificial intelligence.

The robot is part of an international research project developing the world’s first culturally aware robots aimed at assisting with care for older people.

Pepper the robot will appear before the education committee (Middlesex University/PA)

On Tuesday the committee will hear about Pepper’s work with students at Middlesex University, which includes an initiative involving teaching primary level children.

It also examines what role increased automation and robotics might play in the workplace and classroom of the future.

Pepper will give a demonstration and then the committee will look at how robots can be used to support learning, and the skills needed to adapt to the growth in artificial intelligence and automation.

- Press Association

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