Would Robots Replace Elementary School Teachers?

A recent article in Slate talks about ongoing research on the use of robots in classrooms:

A National Science Foundation project led by Scassellati, Breazeal and USC professor Maja Mataric aims to push these limits. The team is working to develop robots that can help children with disabilities learn social and cognitive skills. In order to carry out meaningful interactions, though, these robots have to be able to learn on their own so they can understand an individual’s personality traits and social cues.

The project has its own website: