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AI Robots to Help the Students of Japan in Enhancing English Speaking Skills

According to data from the most recent EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Japan is ranked 37th out of a total of 80 countries

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AI robots to boost spoken English skills of Japanese students. Pixabay
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The government of Japan is planning to introduce English-speaking Artificial Intelligence (AI) robots in classrooms to help children improve their English speaking skills, considered one of the worst in the world.

The Japanese education ministry would be launching a pilot programme to test the effectiveness of the initiative in April 2019, reports Efe news.

The initiative will be initially rolled out in 500 schools throughout the country with the aim of fully implementing it in two years, public broadcaster NHK reported Saturday.

The programme also includes study apps and online conversation sessions with native English speakers.

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An iPal couple social robots help teach children at a kindergarten in Suzhou, Jiangsu province, China, July 4, 2018. Designed to offer education, care and companionship to children and the elderly, the 3.5-feet tall humanoid robots come in two genders and can tell stories, take photos and deliver educational or promotional content. VOA

Japan has proposed improving English skills ahead of the surge in tourists expected during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

According to data from the most recent EF English Proficiency Index in 2017, Japan is ranked 37th out of a total of 80 countries.

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The latest test and score data of TOEFL, the most popular English language proficiency test, showed that Japanese test-takers have among the worst scores as compared to their Asian counterparts, and are especially poor in speaking, along with Burkina Faso and Congo. (IANS)

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Dell EMC Announces New Solutions Based on Artificial Intelligence

According to an IDC estimate, 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives will use AI services by 2019

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To help organisations realise the full potential of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Dell EMC on Tuesday announced new solutions designed to simplify the AI environment and accelerate its adoption.

With the new “Ready Solutions for AI”, organisations no longer have to individually source and piece together their own solutions, Dell EMC said in a statement.

Instead, they can rely on a Dell EMC-designed and validated set of best-of-breed technologies for software – including AI frameworks and libraries – with compute, networking and storage, the company added.

Dell EMC said its portfolio of services, including consultation, deployment and support, among others, helps customers drive the rapid adoption and optimisation of their AI environments.

“There’s no doubt that AI is the future, and our customers are preparing for it now,” said Tom Burns, Senior Vice President, Networking and Solutions, Dell EMC.

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Dell EMC releases new AI solutions for digital transformation. Pixabay

“Our goal is to lead the industry with the most powerful and fully-integrated AI solutions. What we’re announcing today allows customers at any scale to start seeing better business outcomes and positions them for AI’s increasingly important role in the future,” Burns added.

According to an IDC estimate, 40 per cent of digital transformation initiatives will use AI services by 2019.

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The new AI solutions from Dell EMC come with specialised designs for Machine Learning (ML) with Hadoop, an ecosystem of open source components, and Deep Learning with Nvidia, a US-based computer chip manufacturer.

Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies, enables organisations to modernise, automate and transform their data centre using industry-leading converged infrastructure, servers, storage and data protection technologies. (IANS)

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