Digital Teacher Educates Children About Renewable Energy
New Zealand – Vector, New Zealand’s largest distributor of electricity and gas, has partnered with artificial intelligence company Soul Machines to create a digital teacher – named Will – for teaching children about renewable energy. Will is an on-screen avatar which students can view from their desktop, tablet or mobile. The technology, developed by Soul Machines, uses an Artificial Nervous System which is an autonomous animation platform. The platform imitates the way the human brain and nervous system acts.
The digital teacher is part of Vector’s “Be Sustainable with Energy” project which teaches children about energy. It is available for free to schools that are Vector customers and has educated over 125,000 children since 2005. Will teaches students about the different forms of renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal. To test topic knowledge, Will asks questions such as “How long does sunlight take to reach the earth?”