Robots could teach schools within 10 years

Teachers could be replaced by robots, within 10 years, according to a British university vice chancellor.

The vice chancellor of the University of Buckingham, Sir Anthony Seldon, believes there will be a full technological revolution within the next decade which could change education forever.

He outlined his ideas at the British Science Festival last week in Brighton and said intelligent machines will be able to adapt to suit the learning styles of children and be “inspirational”.


“It will open up the possibility of an Eton or Wellington-style education for all,” Sir Anthony said.

“Everyone can have the very best teacher and it’s completely personalised; the software you’re working with will be with you throughout your education journey.”

The software currently being developed in Silicon Valley will learn to read the brains and facial expressions of pupils and adapt the methods of communication to what works best for them.

Teachers will still be needed, however their role will be greatly reduced.

They’ll remain on hand to help set up equipment, help children when necessary and make sure they behave.