North Korea using robots to teach children English and ‘enhance intelligence’

North Korea is using toy-like humanoid robots to teach children English, maths and music.

The robot, bearing the country's flag on its chest, was demonstrated on state television KRT following a push for education reform and technological innovation by Kim Jong Un.

Standing at 80cm-tall, the AI teaching assistant was seen moving around a classroom, waving its arms at a university in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Primary school students in the footage wore masks as they repeated phrases after one of the robots as they learned to say, "Hello? Hi. Nice to meet you. Nice to meet you, too. What's your name?" in English.

In a female voice, it said: "I help teach educational technology that enhances children's intelligence."

Two taller androids were also featured on the broadcaster, according to SkyNews.

One had a smiley face on a screen embedded inside a white round head, making it compatible with Eve from the Wall-E movie.

The other wearing a blue suit and white-rimmed glasses as it observed students using 3D design software.

Professor Park Kum Hee, at a university in the province, claimed there were difficulties developing the educational robots as the trained psychologist was pulled in to help increase the machine's intelligence.

Hee said: "Upgrading this robot's intelligence was difficult for me as someone who majored in psychology.

"It was the words of our respected Comrade General Secretary [Kim Jong Un] on adopting artificial intelligence technology in education that has always guided me on the right track."

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The news comes as reports claimed Kim Jong-un slimmed down using artificial intelligence technology to "super-reset" his troublesome size, reports suggest.

The Pyongyang tyrant has shrunk from an estimated 308lbs (139kg) to just 264lbs (119kg) since the start of the year as food shortages grip the east Asian country.

Kim, 37, has struggled with his weight for many years – but 2021 appears to have been a turning point for the famously chubby world leader.

Yet in North Korea, citizens are strictly banned from discussing their Supreme Leader's health – they could face jail sentences if they're caught speculating about Kim's narrowing waist.

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