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China leads the way in AI education

Education driven by artificial intelligence (AI) is booming in China, with machine-teaching platforms having greater success than their human counterparts.

This is due to AI algorithms being capable of curating lessons to target each individual student's weak points. AI is also faster at pinpointing their unique talents.

Tens of millions of students in China now use some form of AI to learn – whether through extracurricular programs like Squirrel, or within classrooms.

In reality, getting tuition from Squirrel is very much like a group tutorial – all students are learning on laptops, except it's super quiet without humans doing the teaching. platform mainly supplements classroom teaching, and fosters creativity, leadership and other soft skills rather than test-oriented learning.

Three things that have fuelled China's "intelligent education" are tax breaks and incentives for AI ventures; fierce academic competition; and the country's vast amounts of data available to train and refine algorithms.

Silicon Valley is currently very keen on AI education, and Squirrel has opened a joint research lab with Carnegie Mellon University to study personalised learning at scale, then export it globally.

Read more about Squirrel and Alo7, and their fascinating founders at MIT Technology Review, or read our other articles on AI. 

By Jo Lo
Jo Lo

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Jo Lo

Jo is a digital producer at Pattern. Jo has a background in communication, and has worked as a producer and editor for organisations such as Les Mills International, Tailor, Auckland Libraries and XtraMSN/Telecom. From 2007-2009, Jo was the web editor for Taste and Metro magazines.