AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids | The Japan Times

This is the top-trending article in the Japan Times today. It’s a must read!

Source: AI robot touted as future English-learning tool for Japanese kids | The Japan Times

The article claims that Japan has long been criticized for its low-level of English, but children could soon become more proficient in the language just by chit-chatting with an artificially intelligent robot.

It looks like this is the end of the road for young English-speaking travellers trying to earn a crust teaching English in Japan and China.

Over the years, I have spent a lot of time trying to learn foreign languages both traditionally with tutors and over the internet. Whilst I recognize that there is a place for AI and robotics to replace the mechanistic part of language training, I think there will always be a place for expert teachers.


Reducing fatal errors at hospitals | Editorial – The Japan Times

This is an outstanding must-read article from the Japan Times. Check it out!

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It is interesting and necessary to understand this important challenge in Japan, which is a good exemplar because of its aging population. However, the article deserves some reflection and the findings may well be transferable to many other countries, for example, the UK’s National Health Service.

Let me share the thrust the Japanese model:

The new system contains some problems and it will be necessary to improve it. But it should go hand in hand with efforts to raise the consciousness of doctors and nurses about the importance of sharing information on medical accidents with other medical workers with the aim of learning from mistakes and reducing the number of unexpected deaths.

I suggest that in the UK’s NHS, the culture does not support openness and sharing of data. The prevailing approach seems to be about sharing the minimum, unless instructed to do so.