10-Year-Old Wins PhD Fellowship to Help Make Friendly Robot

By Gary Cutlack on at

A 10-year-old French girl called Eva has melted the hearts of the tech establishment, after asking a learning scheme for assistance in making a robot that could walk the streets of Paris and make people happy.

According to the Five by Five group that coordinates the Summer Innovation Fellowship learning scheme, Eva wrote in her application letter: "The streets of Paris are sad. I want to build a robot that will make them happy again. I’ve already starting learning how to code on Thymio robots, but I have trouble making it work. I want to join the program so the mentors can help me."

The official reply said yes, that's a great idea, Eva. Five by Five's Kat Borlongan told the girl: "You’ve openly told us that you had trouble making the robot work on your own and needed help. That was a brave thing to admit, and ultimately what convinced us to take on your project. Humility and the willingness to learn in order to go beyond our current limitations are at the heart and soul of innovation."

So she's in with the tech nerds, but will need an adult to accompany her to events, prepare packed lunches and make sure she hasn't got yogurt all down her jumper, just like Mark Zuckerberg. [Facebook via Telegraph]

Image credit: Happy robot from Shutterstock


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