Google acquires Mobile Learning App Socratic & Adds AI Technology

Google acquires Mobile Learning App Socratic & Adds AI Technology

Google acquires Mobile Learning app Socratic & adds AI technology support, relaunches it on . Socratic was built to support Science, Math, Literature, Social Studies, and more. Using text and speech recognition AI technology, the app surfaces the most relevant learning resources for you.

Initially, the app offered a Quora-like Q&A platform where students could ask questions that were answered by experts. By the time Socratic raised $6 million in Series A funding back in 2015, its community had grown to around 500,000 students. The company later evolved to focus less on connecting users and more on utility.

It included a feature to take a photo of a homework question in order to get instant explanations through the mobile app launched in 2015. In February , Socratic announced it would remove the app’s social features. In June , the company said it was closing its Q&A website to user contributions. This decision was met with some backlash from disappointed users.

The strategy was to make Socratic a Google AI-powered product. According to Google’s blog post penned by Bhansali, who is now the engineering manager at Socratic, the updated iOS app uses AI technology to help users.

The new version of the iOS app still allows you to snap a photo to get answers, or you can speak your question. For example, if a student takes a photo from a classroom handout or asks a question like “what’s the difference between distance and displacement?,” Socratic will return a top match, followed by explainers, a Q&A section and even related YouTube videos and web links. It’s almost like a custom search engine just for your homework questions.

Google also says it has built and trained algorithms that can analyze the student’s question, then identify the underlying concepts in order to point users to these resources. For students who need even more help, the app can break down the concepts into smaller, easy-to-understand lessons.

In addition, the app includes subject guides on more than 1,000 higher education and high school topics, developed with help from educators. The study guides can help students prepare for tests or just better learn a particular concept.

The relaunched, AI-powered version of Socratic by Google arrived on Aug 15, 2019 on iOS. The Android version of the app will launch this fall.

Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2019/08/16/google-discloses-its-acquisition-of-mobile-learning-app-socratic-as-it-relaunches-on-ios/

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