NZ creates world's first digital teacher

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Section
Audio,
Publish Date
Monday, 27 August 2018, 7:46a.m.
The virtual teacher named Will has been made with artificial intelligence. Photo / Getty Images

New Zealand has created its very own digital teacher and has become the first country in the world to do so.

The virtual teacher named Will has been made with artificial intelligence and is teaching primary school pupils around the country about renewable energy from inside an internet browser.

Soul Machines chief executive Greg Cross told Kate Hawkesby he shares many of the same brain functions as real people.

"Will is based on the likeness of a real person in then we build out using different aspects of artificial intelligence, including its outward personality."

LISTEN ABOVE AS GREG CROSS SPEAKS TO KATE HAWKESBY