New Zealand scientists create virtual teacher

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In a breakthrough for e-learning, scientists in New Zealand have created Eve, a virtual teacher that can detect whether the student is frustrated, bored or confused, and respond accordingly

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The virtual teacher who can empathise with the student has a near-human performance. Eve is what is known in the information sciences as an intelligent or affective tutoring system. It can adapt its response to the emotional state of people by interaction through a computer system. The system, 'Easy with Eve', is thought to be the first of its type. The ability of virtual Eve to alter her presentation according to the reaction of the child facing her at the keyboard has been hailed as an exciting development in the $25 billion global e-learning market. Because one-to-one teaching is known to be the most effective teaching method, the researchers wanted to create a virtual teacher that could pick up body language and facial expressions

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