[LMB] Men in Education ot:

POUNCER altpouncer at yahoo.com
Tue, 5 Feb 2002 07:42:27 -0800 (PST)

Royce Day <Royce_Day at choicehotels.com> relates of:

> a teaching AI in a playmate
> styled robot, and giving it to 
> a child by the time they're
> about a year old. The AI adapts 
> it's teaching style to fit the child's
> inclinations and abilities as he matures

Also seen in Vinge's _A Fire Upon the Deep_.

The toy essentially handles First Contact...

There are very good PC software programs doing this
sort of thing, and there are very plush toys with
computers built-in; but so far we haven't noticed
a good plush computer.  Though you can just
about believe the "TeleTubbies" were designed with
that application in mind.

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