Artificial Intelligence

Meet Merlyn Origin, the all-in-one AI assistant for educators

Merlyn Mind
November 7, 2023

Today, we're announcing the launch of Merlyn Origin, the all-in-one AI assistant for educators. Built on an education-specific large language model developed in-house by a team of researchers from top AI labs including IBM Research, Amazon Alexa, and Google Brain, Merlyn Origin helps educators eliminate tech friction and focus on creating powerful learning moments in the classroom.

Merlyn Origin is the only AI solution that’s useful outside and inside the classroom. During teacher prep outside of class, Merlyn’s generative AI creates lesson plans, grading rubrics, and assessments at the touch of a button. But it’s during in-class instruction where Merlyn Origin really shines. Merlyn offers safe and secure voice control of classroom technology, freeing teachers to focus on what matters most: their students. With Merlyn, teachers can operate their computer, front-of-class display, and internet applications from anywhere in the room via their voice or remote control. Teachers also can use their voice to control Merlyn's AI chat experience. That means during active instruction, teachers and students can tap into the power of generative AI to reward curiosity and foster higher-order thinking.

Here at Merlyn Mind, we believe the richest learning experiences come from teacher and student engagement. Unlike AI tools that lead to silent classrooms and students staring at screens, Merlyn encourages more engagement among teachers and students, not less.


Education-specific LLM 

Merlyn Origin is built on an education-specific large language model developed in-house, giving educators the confidence that they’re pulling from vetted educational content and resources, not from the entirety of the internet. Merlyn Origin also will allow schools and districts to integrate their own content and curriculum into the platform as part of a walled-garden approach that allows both teachers and students to safely harness the capabilities of generative AI.

“In a moment where there is a profound opportunity and risk associated with AI, it’s critical that we take a domain-specific approach to leveraging AI in teaching and learning,” says Dr. Satya Nitta, co-founder and CEO at Merlyn Mind. “Educators must be able to confidently employ AI tools tailored for classroom use, emphasizing their educational and developmental suitability. Driven by our belief that people collaborating with purpose-built AI can unlock previously unattainable human progress, Origin has been designed as a secure, locally focused, and education-centric solution aimed at enhancing learning outcomes and advancing our objective of incorporating the latest AI advancements into education.”

Unlike most education AI applications that rely on ChatGPT or other generalist LLMs, we’ve built the first LLM designed specifically for the classroom. By combining the power of generative AI for out-of-class teacher prep and in-class instruction, Origin is the all-in-one AI solution for education. Created to block inappropriate use, protect user data through redaction, and prevent hallucinations, Merlyn Origin ensures the utmost safety and integrity in the educational environment.

Tech & Learning calls it “a phenomenally innovative product that should be in every classroom.”

Interested in Merlyn Origin for your district? Contact us at

About Merlyn Mind 

Merlyn Mind is a deep-tech generative AI company translating the latest advances in AI to improve human productivity. Our first solution is Merlyn, the AI assistant for education. Merlyn seamlessly integrates into classrooms and existing edtech tools to automate everyday workflows for teachers so they can focus more time and attention on students. Merlyn Mind is backed by visionary investors led by Learn Capital. The company has attracted top talent from IBM, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Meta, Broadcom, the Allen Institute for AI, and other innovative organizations. Merlyn Mind is headquartered in New York City. For more information, visit

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