Say hi to Saya:
Now say hi to her parents Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa:
Saya was “born” just last year and is the pride and joy of her devoted parents. She is, Mrs Ishikawa says, a typical 17 year old Japanese girl who “is humble and kind, a good student with a strong set of morals and ethics,” and encapsulates “the modern representation of kawaii” – being cute.
Saya is pretty and perfect.
And although it is hard to believe on first look,
Saya is a digital creation!
When Teruyuki and Yuka Ishikawa first started creating Saya in a Tokyo computer lab, they had plans for her to be a character in a short movie. Inspired by the positive response when they first presented her to the public, a year on, the couple have quit their day jobs and with corporate backing are now working full time on their creation.
Last week, Saya made her debut appearance in a short animated video at CEATEC, a consumer electronics exhibition in Japan:
Read more about Saya in this BBC article: Saya: Big ambitions for Japanese ‘digital daughter’ or check out this lengthier video which seems to be a video of the display at the CEATEC exhibition.
Read Full Post »
Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2016|
Leave a Comment »
Three years ago I wrote a heartfelt post – It’s disturbing: Entry ATAR score for teaching drops – in which I lamented the diabolical implications and ramifications of the continued drop in ATAR scores needed by graduating high school students to enter the teaching profession. In short, I lamented
- that students are being short changed
- that top calibre candidates are not entering teaching
- that teaching is not regarded as an attractive profession
- that the best high school graduates are not being attracted to teaching
How much more disturbing it is to read the stats outlined in a recent article: Government considers plan for teachers to make the grade (The Age. January 18, 2016) in which the entry ATAR scores needed for Victoria’s largest and most popular teaching courses have continued to decline!
As reported in this article
In 2009, the largest Victorian teaching courses required an ATAR of about 75, but by 2016 a score of 60 was typically enough to secure a first-round place.”
With a sigh of relief, it is encouraging to read that action may finally be about to occur:
Aspiring teachers who receive poor VCE results could be barred from Victorian classrooms under a proposal being considered by the state government.”
Establishing minimum academic standards for entry into undergraduate teaching degrees would be a welcome shift.
Why is it though, that the wheels of change move so slowly?
Read Full Post »