We have always looked to the stars to guide us. From mariners sailing along wine-dark seas to farmers tilling the earth to bring forth nourishing corn to poets seeking to compose sonnets and odes, the stars have always served as vital sources of information and inspiration.
And of all the night sky, the most luminous to the naked eye is the Pleiades, our nearest star cluster that houses the formation known as the Seven Sisters, and the chief among the sisters is Maia. In the Greek and Roman myths, Maia, the mother of Hermes, is associated with spring, with growth, and with knowledge. These very principles of growth and knowledge charge DMAI’s version of MAIA, my A.I. assistant, designed to be the next-generation intelligent assistant for education.
“Many a night I saw the Pleiads, rising thro’ the mellow shade, Glitter like a swam of fire-flies tangled in a silver braid.”
– Alfred, Lord Tennyson, “Locksley Hall” (1835)
With its mission of raising the bar of human achievement through cognitive A.I., DMAI, with its team of engineers and highly-motivated individuals, seeks to eliminate barriers that prevent learners from reaching their full potential. Designed to promote curiosity and resiliency among learners, MAIA has the capacity of accompanying learners from preschool to college. To accomplish this noble task, MAIA is focused on exploring the 95% of the dark matter related to intelligence to help elevate the caliber of thinking and learning of all students. Like a good teacher, MAIA seeks to extend learning in new, viable directions, all built around the individual.
MAIA is capable of promoting deep, authentic learning. Rather than force students to cram for a quiz or test, what if students, instead, interacted with a skilled learning assistant, right at their fingertips, that used best teaching practices to promote learning? Such features are within MAIA’s grasp. Rather than a trendy app, MAIA is designed to be a partner in the educational journey of a student, distinctively tailored to his or her experience. Like the character Mentor from Homer’s Odyssey, MAIA will serve as a mentor along student’s educational journey, from childhood to adulthood.
With the ever-evolving advancements gained within the realm of cognitive AI, the future is now. MAIA has the power to bring past knowledge to bear upon our ever-unfolding present, and to assist learners of all ages in achieving greater learning outcomes. The future is now, and the sails are all set. It’s time to embark.
We have always looked to the stars to guide us. Let us continue to look to the stars to guide and to inspire us. MAIA, the next-generation intelligent assistant for education is here. And the journey, with all its subsequent discoveries, is ours.
Dr. Delano Copprue