March 5, 2018, Haoyang Li: Let Each Child Have an AI Tutor Who Is the Combination of Socrates, Da Vinci, and Einstein.
“All I ever wanted is to provide a teacher who is as erudite as Socrates, as versatile as Da Vinci, and as intelligent as Einstein through AI technology for every student, no matter where the child resides or what kind of family background he or she is from,” said Derek Haoyang Li, Founder and Chairman of YiXue Squirrel AI.
Squirrel AI is an AI-driven adaptive learning engine based on an advanced algorithm owned by Yixue Squirrel AI with full intellectual property. Similar to AlphaGo, which can simulate the “Go Master,” Squirrel AI can simulate experienced and renowned teachers for children by providing personalized educational plans and instructions. This system has been demonstrated as being 5 to 10 times more efficient than traditional instruction.
NHK World, the international chapter of Japan’s largest broadcasting organization, has chosen Yixue Squirrel AI as the exemplar of China’s “AI-driven” education technology companies. NHK conducted a face-to-face interview with Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, and discussed the application of AI technology in China’s online education and the opportunities as well as challenges in China’s different industries driven by AI technologies.
AI technology has replaced some humans’ jobs. To what extent can AI technology disruption impact humans? At the 2017 Tai Media-EDGE International Annual Gala, Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, projected that the current estimation of 50%-70% human jobs to be replaced by new technology was underestimated. In fact, in the next 10 years, 90% of human jobs will be replaced by technology.
New technology is advancing at light speed. 2017 is being recognized as “the era of artificial intelligence.” Artificial intelligence is starting to shine, and we are waiting for the century of artificial intelligence application in new and different fields.
On November 15, 2017, at the 2017 GET Education Technology Summit, the Chief Scientist of Yixue Squirrel AI, Dr. Wei Cui, delivered a keynote speech with the title of “How will AI bots help every student increase learning efficiency by 10 times?”
When asked whether 2017 would be the era for China’s adaptive learning education, Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, answered “yes” without hesitation. As the venture capitalists pay so much attention to online education, they also focus on the use of AI technology. When AI technology and online education come together, it is no surprise that Yixue Squirrel AI raised 39 million USD at the angel round.
During the 2017 National Day holiday in China, China’s leading adaptive learning company, Yixue Squirrel AI, organized an innovative and spectacular “human vs. machine” competition in Zhengzhou, China. Yixue’s adaptive learning engine “Squirrel AI” competed with three middle and high school teachers with 17 years of instruction experience.
When AI technology meets with education, what kinds of new things will be created? What is the current application of AI technology in education in China and abroad? How big is the space that AI can be used in in education? Reporters asked these questions of Dr. Wei Cui, the chief scientist of Yixue Squirrel AI, at the WOTI World of Tech Summit.
Haoyang Li, the founder and CEO of Yixue Squirrel AI, delivered the keynote speech on “Applying artificial intelligence technology to increase student learning efficiency by 10 times” at the CCF-GAIR Global AI and Robotics Conference hosted by China Computer Federation (CCF), Leiphone.com, and Chinese University of Hong Kong.
On June 24, 2017, the AI Predecessor Summit and the Dark Horse AI Competition was held in Beijing. Around one thousand entrepreneurs, investors, and experts in AI-related industries participated. Dr. Wei Cui, the chief scientist of Yixue Squirrel AI, delivered a speech titled, “How has AI technology been applied to the tutoring bots?”
In 2014 Wei Chou, the co-founder and CEO of Yixue Squirrel AI, led his team to combine artificial intelligence, the internet, and education together and built an adaptive learning system. He hopes that this system can bring new advancement in learning technology, improve student learning efficiency, and achieve personalized learning goal for all students.
On June 19, 2017, Yixue Squirrel AI has been admitted into the 2017 Tencent AI Accelerator program after winning all votes from the judges. The program will support selected companies by providing Tencent’s AI technology, capital, mentorship, channels, and markets.
April 13, 2017, Yixue Edu Plans to Replace Tutors With AI. What's the Possibility of 150 Million Revenue With a Product Launched One Year Ago
Why would Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, create Yixue Squirrel AI when facing the great challenges of MOOC expansion and “online+offline” education? What are the reasons that he chose this path and how will Yixue continue down this path? Let’s hear what Haoyang Li says.
Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, has reported toChina’s leading technology social media 36Kr that Yixue Squirrel AI has raised around $19 million USD at the angel round from Greenwoods Investment, CASH Capital, and New Oriental Group. Prior to that, Yixue raised 4.3 million USD at its seed round.
近日，乂学教育的创始人栗浩洋向 36 氪透露，公司已经在去年获得 1.2 亿元天使轮融资，由景林资本、国科嘉和和新东方教育集团共同领投。此前，乂学教育曾经获得过 3000 万人民币的种子轮投资。
On December 1, 2016, Yixue Squirrel AI participated in the 2016 Tencent Education Annual Rating Board Gala and won “the Annual Publically trustworthy Education Brand” and “the Renowned Online Education Brand” titles. Tencent Education Rating Board has been running for more than 10 years, and this year’s topic is “bringing smart changes to education and reconstructing the future.” The renowned experts and researchers, leaders in educational enterprises and educators and practitioners in the online education industry, gathered together and discussed the changes in the education industry and envisioned its future development.
Wei Chou, the co-founder and CEO of Yixue Squirrel AI, had an exclusive face-to-face interview with Sina Education at Sina Education Ceremony. Sina Education Gala is the most influential annual event focused on online education, education investment, and AI + education.
November 22, 2016, Yixue Edu is awarded "2016 Extra-Curricular Institution of Chinese Brand Influence"
At the 9th Sina Education Ceremony, top-notch educators, experts and social media key influencers as well as educational agencies gathered together and focused on the China’s educational reform and improvement. Yixue Squirrel AI is awarded as the “2016 China’s Influential Brand of After-school Agency.”
June 25, 2016, Dr.Cui: AI Adaptive Learning Will Bring Education "Revolution in Learning Efficiency"
“We spotted that in the traditional educational setting, all students receive the same kind of instruction. Top students cannot realize their full potential, whereas students who needed more cannot get sufficient support. Teachers fail to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each student and focus on the actual learning progress of each student, not to mention adjust instruction for each student,” Dr. Wei Cui, the Chief Scientist of Yixue Squirrel AI, said.
November 13, 2015, Forbes China -- Yixue Edu: Adaptive Learning System That Knows Your Weakness Better Than Human Tutors
In the age of the Internet, traditional education has shown multiple drawbacks. Many startups have made different attempts in the field. China’s online education companies have closed 106 series of funds up to August 2015. Forty of them are in the seed and the early stages.
互联网时代，传统教育在互联网教育面前暴露了不少弊端，后者成为不少创业公司竞相占领的“热土”。据腾讯科技统计，截至今年 8 月，2015 年中国互联网教育领域累计已完成 106 笔融资。其中种子轮及初创项目就有 40 笔。
November 16, 2015, GETChina ---- Yixue Edu Got 30 Million Seed Funding, Aiming at Adaptive Learning With Nano Knowledge Points
Yixue Squirrel AIhas raised 30 Million RMB (4.3 million USD) at the seed round in June 2015 from Qingsong Fund, Zhenghe Island, and Yuming Hong (founder of New Oriental Education). “The simple MOOC and the traditional offline 1-on-1 education are all insufficient for today’s education,” said Haoyang Li, the founder and chairman of Yixue Squirrel AI, who had been devoted to K-12 education for 15 years.
乂学教育于今年6月获得高达 3000 万人民币的种子轮投资，由青松基金领投、正和磁系资本和新东方创始人俞敏洪个人跟投。