Saya Humanoid Robot Teacher

Saya is a humanoid robot teacher created by professor Hiroshi Kobayashi of the Tokyo University of Science.


(Saya robot teacher)

The robot, which can speak multiple languages, uses facial expressions to facilitate communication. With an array of motors in her head that stretch the soft synthetic skin into various positions, Saya can display emotions ranging from happiness and surprise to sadness and anger.

However, Saya needs to work on improving her classroom management skills. At present, she can’t do much more than call out names and shout orders like “Be quiet.” But that does not make her any less popular with the kids.

Isaac Asimov's mechanical teacher from his 1951 story The Fun They Had never looked this good.

Also, take a look at these real-life robotic and AI teachers: Easy With Eve Virtual Teacher Understands Student Emotions and Robot English Teacher From KAIRA.

Via Saya-sensei: Synthetic substitute teacher.

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