Recently, the sixth “EdCrunch,” the largest new educational technology conference in Europe was officially held in Moscow, Russia. As a world-class high-level communication platform for education, science and technology, this event was jointly organized by the Russian Education Technology Company and the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. It focused on the innovation “from pre-school education to corporate education” and attracted Ben Nelson, the founder and CEO of Minerva Project, Tim O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of O’Reilly and other 254 world-renowned experts and 5,000 audiences from around the world.
As one of the most important special guests of the conference, Yvonne Liao, the partner and CSO of Squirrel AI Learning, attended the event with the self-developed Squirrel AI Intelligent Adaptation System, and delivered a speech with Marina Rakova, the Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation. She introduced to everyone the local application and development prospects of big data, AI and other technologies in education. At the event site, this Chinese story about AI miracle was unanimously appreciated by the participants.
In the following round-table forum, Yvonne Liao and Dan Carroll, the co-founder and CPO of Clever, Donald Clark, the EdTech entrepreneur and the founder of British PlanB Learning as well as Ilya Zalesskiy, the director of Yandex education services engaged in further discussions. The wonderful sharing not only highlights the Chinese style, but also brings a highly-enriched idea exchanges to the guests.
As we all know, the scarcity and uneven distribution of education resources are the common difficulties faced by Chinese parents and students. Regardless of nationality and geography, a saying that “a master teacher is one in a thousand, and a house in a good school district is hard to find” conveys the problem faced by all parents and students all over the world. The teaching contents with “all of a piece” pattern and the same learning speed have long been unable to meet the needs of different students.
“But artificial intelligence plus education can enable AI teachers to break through the past bottlenecks in regions and spaces, integrate the experience of master teachers, and use artificial intelligence technology to simulate the experience and wisdom of master teachers to solve the uneven distribution of educational resources.” Yvonne Liao said that the artificial intelligence plus education is already an inevitable trend of education upgrade.
The most basic point of a good teaching product is that whether it can maintain the concentration of students, and a good degree of concentration allows students to maintain a sense of accomplishment. According to the introduction, the intelligent adaptive system currently used by Squirrel AI has achieved five “Global Initiatives”-including nano-level knowledge points decomposition, learning abilities and learning methods decomposition, confrontation models, and the world’s first-made association probability for non-associative knowledge points and the reconstruction on mistakes and reasons of knowledge maps, which can maximize the concentration degree and ensure the learning efficiency. Meanwhile, individualized matching can be realized by teaching in accordance with students’ aptitude.
Yvonne Liao mentioned that Squirrel AI has conducted six human-machine competitions to verify whether the intelligent adaptive education system can achieve a fair and high-quality education for all, non-fixed teaching method, and teaching in accordance with students’ aptitude and can analyze and compare the differences between Squirrel AI Learning System and real-teacher teaching. However, the results of the six competitions all proved that the teaching of artificial intelligence is superior to that of real human teachers. Taking the fourth hundred-city-scale human-machine competition as an example, students of the same level of knowledge mastery are divided into two groups to receive training of real human teachers and the system. The results are very shocking that the Squirrel AI has basically approached or surpassed the personalized teaching of real people.
So far, the Squirrel AI has more than 2,300 offline learning centers in more than 20 provinces. Up to now, it has accumulated 2 million registered users, covering more than 600 cities and counties across the country, with a compound annual growth rate of 500% for three consecutive years.