In Germany, robots will teach refugee children the language

Combining artificial intelligence and language acquisition skills, robots will soon teach refugee children the German language. Scientists are focusing on children first to develop the technology’s effectiveness. This year witnessed Europe struggle to cope with the largest influx of asylum-seeking migrants from war-torn countries since the end of World War II, prompting concerns from authorities on how to integrate new residents. In Germany, understanding the language is crucial to gaining meaningful employment or participating in the education system. Researchers at the University of Bielefeld are approaching one of the most challenging issues to arise from the wave of migration with an innovative solution: robots. Using the programmable robot “Nao,” sporting cameras and microphones, researchers want to experiment with its ability to convey simple language skills to refugee children, especially those…


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