Move over human teachers, Murray Bridge High School has a new artificially intelligent addition to the faculty.
In a South Australian first, a humanoid robot called Pepper has arrived at the school’s Inclusive Education Centre.
Under the direction of world-leading teacher and researcher Christine Roberts-Yates, Pepper is helping students with autism learn about etiquette and independent living.
The robot, designed and created by France's Softbank Robotics, stands 120cm tall and is able to perceive his environment and enter into a conversation when he sees a person. The touch screen on his chest displays content to highlight messages and support speech.
Pepper joins the unit's 58cm Nao robots that have been with the school since 2015.
Image: Pepper, by SoftBank Robotics