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AI In Education Use Case #1: Brainly

  • 17 June 2019
  • Sam Mire

This interview is part of our new AI in Education series, where we interview the world's top thought leaders on the front lines of the intersections between AI and education.

In this interview, we speak with Michal Borkowski, Co-Founder CEO of Brainly, to understand how his company is using AI to transform education, and what the future of the education industry holds.

Michal Borkowski

1. What's the story behind Brainly? Why and how did you begin?

MB: Brainly was founded by my two friends and me in Poland in 2009. Within a year over a million students were turning to Brainly to know more, and to know faster. Today, Brainly is the world’s largest social learning network, with more than 150 million active monthly users in 35 countries.

Our company is driven by the conviction that online communities can empower students from around the world with knowledge and information. Brainly gives students a simple, fast way to get help with their homework and learn how to solve problems on common subjects by communicating with fellow students, school teachers and more.

One of the key driving principles behind Brainly is the notion that nobody knows everything, but everybody knows something. By opening up the tough questions to peers, teachers and community experts, you’re able to collectively solve homework problems and get beyond the answer to a real understanding of the solution. A major key to success for us is that Brainly’s users give back to the platform and don't just take from it. About half of the students who come in asking a question stick around to answer one later.

2. Please describe your use case and how Brainly uses artificial intelligence.

MB: Using AI and Machine Learning, Brainly is helping millions of students come together to share knowledge in a tailored environment specific to their individual needs that provides the most accurate and reliable information.

Machine learning algorithms used for the Brainly site filter language and identify spam automatically in order to help our community of experts, including moderators, ensure students are receiving high quality, accurate answers and having a positive experience.

We also use our own machine learning algorithms to target a specific age range for a piece of content and to give students questions related to what they have previously asked. This is a unique way to individualize learning for particular students, creating an experience that is specific to every user and provides a highly optimized, beneficial learning environment.

3. Could you share a specific customer/user that benefits from what you offer? What has Brainly done for them?

MB: Brainly has helped millions of students around the world get unstuck on tough homework questions through its collaborative community of diverse individuals, removing traditional boundaries on access to knowledge. Already over 80% of users credit Brainly for expanding their knowledge base, heightening their curiosity, and inspiring them to embrace challenges.

Whether it’s a complex math equation, a conceptual question about a reading assignment, or an inquiry regarding best practices for taking college entrance exams, Brainly provides students with reliable, fast answers to their questions– thanks to our community of experts.

Brainly’s multifaceted community of experts encompasses peers who help answer other peers’ questions. There are also moderators, which are users that have correctly answered and explained large quantities of questions, and that are highly engaged and active on the platform. In addition, Brainly has verified, authoritative outside experts that Brainly recruits from beyond the platform. These experts are almost always teachers (or experts in their chosen fields who answer questions only pertaining to those fields), and the best of this knowledge base gets expert verified.

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About Sam Mire

Sam is a Market Research Analyst at Disruptor Daily. He's a trained journalist with experience in the field of disruptive technology. He’s versed in the impact that blockchain technology is having on industries of today, from healthcare to cannabis. He’s written extensively on the individuals and companies shaping the future of tech, working directly with many of them to advance their vision. Sam is known for writing work that brings value to industry professionals and the generally curious – as well as an occasional smile to the face.