Actually only Wired magazine called it a robot. It’s actually Knewton.com’s adaptive learning platform.
Basically, students enter some info about learning preferences and the system hunts though it’s collection of resources for something that matches it. If the student gets a question wrong the system finds a simpler resource.
It’s not that ground breaking, but what it does have is a large collection to resources that anyone can add to, and it’s now free (it was previously available via publishers like Pearson).
Knewton.com figures out what each student knows and how each student learns best, to pinpoint the type of content, level of difficulty, and which media format each student needs. Its technology can take any free open content, algorithmically calibrate it, and bundle it into a uniquely personalized lesson for each student at any moment.
Anyone who wants to learn or teach a subject can use Knewton.com. Knewton.com helps teachers, tutors and parents provide more personalized lessons. Students at any level can reach their academic goals at their own pace, and get extra help or more advanced lessons.