China Is Using VR to Build the Classroom of the Future

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China’s teachers might want to start looking for new jobs, because one company plans to replace them with some all-but-omniscient virtual reality counterparts.

That company is NetDragon Websoft, which is famous for its MMORPGs (massively multiplayer online games), and it is working on a virtual reality classroom meant to give Chinese students the best education that 21st century technologies can provide.

It will do that by measuring a child’s head movements to detect when they’re not focused on their lessons; changing the virtual instructor’s gender to suit cultural norms; and monitoring a child throughout their entire day so NetDragon Websoft can learn how they think to provide them a quality education and show them ads.

The company is working towards those goals by collecting data about students in its headquarters, which was built to look like the USS Enterprise from Star Trek:

“Not only do we want to track it when they’re in the classroom, we want to track it when they’re on the go, when they’re mobile or when they’re at home so we can have a 360-view of how kids learn,” NetDragon vice chairman Simon Leung told the Associated Press. “Once we can monitor their likes and dislikes, for example, you can recommend different services to them, very targeted advertising to them.”

While the rest of the world designs virtual reality experiences to make games more realistic, let people experience something from the eyes of a television character, or croon alongside a virtual Rob Thomas, China’s making virtual classrooms that will analyze children’s entire lives to better educate them.

Welcome to the classroom of the future.

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