$150M+ – VC’s fund Education “AI” Startup

It might not yet “technically” be an AI company, but a former Google.com leader in charge of personalization now leads a company (http://altschool.com) reinventing private education in the SF Bay Area. The technique is to give children Chrome Books at a very early age and then collect every keystroke and click they make. Data mining leads to suggestive educational direction, curation and specialization of curriculum for each student.

This process seems to be a rather transparent effort to design and build the data model that will feed Personal Assistant AI’s for Children and then roll up into a collaborative network of AI’s focused on optimizing and improving learning statistically. It begins with mentoring by teachers on an individual child basis.

Story on PBS supports a range of suggestions made in an earlier post where I outlined some of the characteristics of how AI will change education.

The piece aired today on PBS.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/can-silicon-valley-start-transform-education/

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