AI being used to teach Chinese

It’s like learning Chinese inside a video game.

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IBM are developing a different way to teach Mandarin that relies on artificial intelligence and immersive scenes.

Students move inside the 12-foot-high, wrap-around projection to order up virtual bean curd from a panda, chat with Beijing market sellers, and practice tai chi by mirroring moves of a watchful mentor.

Scenes include an outdoor market and a garden, each a high-tech twist on cultural immersion.

Language teachers do not have to fear for their jobs just yet.

Experts say artificial intelligence is not yet sophisticated enough to handle all the tasks of a language teacher



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