Think about how you learned when you were a child. Many of us were schooled in colorful rooms full of visual stimuli and packed with other kids. We were asked to be quiet, stop moving and concentrate, pay attention and listen. These days, however, especially in a time of widespread virtual learning, children sit in front of a screen filled with stimuli and tell them to focus.
Maja Matarić, a renowned roboticist and computer scientist, envisions a different world, one in which learners of all ages and abilities can learn together with the help of socially assistive robots in a mixed-reality environment.