The coronavirus put the world on pause, and a group of people who felt that blow are 2020 graduates. Well, a recent news report is highlighting an alternative that I surprisingly didn’t find strange. The following information comes from Mashable SE Asia.
Located in Terengganu, along the North-East coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Universiti Sultan Zainal Abidin (UniSZA) is proposing to use robots as real-life student avatars for the graduates of 2020. The university shared a video on YouTube showing robots as official placeholders. They advised the following:
“Where UniSZA would like to say that, we are ready to implement a virtual convocation if necessary.”
“It’s no longer a fantasy, but it can be made a reality.”
The robots, Naseem and Seeba, will be draped in graduation gowns, complete with mortarboards. Using the power of live-streaming, the graduates’ faces will be displayed on the screen located on the robot’s heads.
Although there were mixed reviews from the students, UniSZA has advised that the presentation is only a proof-of-concept that will be tabled for further discussions.
Robots will become the new normal. Everything that we’re learning about artificial intelligence and 5G technology can’t be for show.
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