Schools in Japan are introducing robots equipped with artificial intelligence to English classes, but the robots are already simplifying their speech so they don’t have to say as many words.
Inside an elementary school classroom in the city of Toda, Saitama Prefecture, a sixth-grade boy was speaking to a small white robot without a tall nose or a small head.
“What do weekend?” the robot asked.
“Sleeping,” replied the boy.
“What next weekend?” the robot continued.
The robots have also reportedly been speaking in Japanese when the homeroom teacher is out of the class.
“When Suzuki-san leaves the room, robot-chan becomes fluent in Japanese,” said one student.