Learning always has been and always will be a foundational part of humanity. Regardless of age, we're constantly developing new understandings.
As our collective intelligence improves, we’re beginning to create machines that have human-like abilities to learn and make strategic decisions.
Companies like the following ones are now merging the organic and the artificial by applying deep learning systems to innovate how people are educated.
What they do: Knewton creates adaptive learning technology for higher education. Its program, called alta, helps identify gaps in a student’s knowledge, provides relevant coursework and places students back on track for college-level courses. alta also helps instructors teach at different educational levels and is currently used for math, chemistry, statistics and economics.
Location: Kendall Park, N.J.
What they do: Thinkster Math is a tutoring program developed for use on laptops, tablets and desktops. The K-8 platform combines human interaction with artificial intelligence to provide students with custom programs. The AI technology tracks work step-by-step and helps students understand why they are correct or where they went wrong.
What they do: Century Tech's platform utilizes cognitive neuroscience and data analytics to create personalized learning plans and reduce workloads for instructors. The AI platform tracks student progress, identifies knowledge gaps and offers personal study recommendations and feedback. Century also gives teachers access to resources and reduces time spent planning, grading and managing homework.
Location: Boston, Mass.
What they do: Cognii makes AI-based products for K-12 and higher education institutions, as well as corporate training organizations. Their virtual learning assistant employs conversational technology to guide students in open-format responses that improve critical- thinking skills. The assistant also provides real-time feedback, one-on-one tutoring and is customized to each student’s needs.
What they do: Blippar’s products combine computer vision intelligence technology and augmented reality to enhance the way students learn in the classroom. The interactive materials bring subjects like geography, biology and physics to a visual space. For example, instead of reading about volcanic eruption, the system shows students a virtual 3-D model of the eruption process.
Location: Burlington, Mass.
What they do: Nuance makes speech recognition software that is used by students and faculty. The technology can transcribe up to 160 words per minute and is especially helpful for students who struggle with writing or have limited mobility. The software also enhances spelling ability and word recognition. Instructors can use the software to dictate lectures for later use or catalyze tedious tasks like document and email creation.
Location: San Francisco
What they do: Quizlet is an online destination for studying and learning tools. The company recently introduced Quizlet Learn, a smart study resource that provides adaptive plans and helps take the guessing out of what to study. The platform uses machine learning and data from millions of study sessions to show students the most relevant study material.