Robotics Creating the Future of Education with AI
Sophia Named iTutorGroup’s Ambassador and Future AI Tutor
On Feb 27, 2019 at the “New Era, New Education, and Creating the Future” conference in Shanghai organized by the iTutorGroup, announced that Sophia the Robot is their new ambassador and future AI tutor. A new strategic partnership with Hanson Robotics was also announced at the same time.
At the “New Era, New Education, and Creating the Future” conference, CEO Dr. Eric Yang delivered these key messages:
- AI will positively disrupt education in the future by empowering teachers to focus on nurturing rather than teaching–instilling students with the right values, inspiring them to be more creative, and leaving the education of factual knowledge to AI.
- AI will enable education to scale beyond 1:1 teaching, yet still adapt to each student’s capability and learning preference.
- Sophia with her human-like features and behavior attracts immediate attention and connects with people emotionally, and inspires them to dream about future possibilities.
Conference attendees included a group of teachers and students from a primary school that iTutorGroup donated RMB 500,000. Toby, one of the iTutorGroup’s students and recent speech contest winner, appeared on stage and had a fun chat with Sophia.
Founded in 1998, and led by Dr. Eric Yang, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, the iTutorGroup offers a range of e-learning solutions for adults and K-12 including TutorABC, vipJr, vipABC, TutorJr and TutorMing.
The company delivers live online interactive courses in English, math, language, programming, and others. As of 2018, iTutorGroup has more than 30,000 teachers, serves 180 million people, operates 5,000 to 10,000 classes per day, and valued at over US $1 billion.
We believe that the most effective way to learn is through personalized learning. To achieve this, we leverage big data analytics and use our advanced matching algorithm to seamlessly place our clients into the individualized learning experience that’s right for them.
In fact, the iTutorGroup is one of Sophia’s biggest supporters, with two walls in their Shanghai main office decorated with Sophia’s photos!
Hanson Robotics and the Future of Education
Hanson Robotics and the iTutorGroup are looking forward to the helping shape and revolutionize the future of education through AI, technology and e-learning — shifting from standardization to personalization.
Hanson Robotics has a deep interest in the future of education, recently launching the Little Sophia Kickstarter campaign on January 31, 2019.
Little Sophia is the little sister of Sophia and the newest member of the Hanson Robotics family. She is 14” tall, a robot friend that makes STEM, coding and AI a fun and rewarding adventure for kids 8+ years old, especially girls. In just a little over a month, more than 1,000 backers have pledged their support.