I was a strange child. I’ve always had a love of learning. As far back as I can remember, I always asked how things work and why things are the way they are (much to my mother’s annoyance, I’m sure). My mother taught me to read on my own when I was two, went to kindergarten knowing my numbers and colors. My first grade teacher noticed how bored I was and challenged me with personalized materials that both further excited and drove my thirst for knowledge.
In high school I had a guidance counselor who saw things in me I did not. Despite being an honors student at the top of my class, I believed what some of my teachers told me: that I should aim lower; that I wasn’t good enough and would amount to nothing. But she knew that I was limitless. She paid for and submitted applications to Ivys and the top schools in the nation on my behalf and without me knowing. I later believe it was to prove a point, but she ultimately gifted me so much more—self-worth and an opportunity to build the life that I wanted rather than what my circumstances said was possible.
There’s a saying that “it takes a village” to raise a child. My “village” of family and educators helped me succeed as an individual. They each took the time in and out of the classroom to communicate about all facets of my life to ensure I had the best foundation possible to achieve my own goals and desires whatever they may be. Unfortunately, the current generation of students isn’t getting the same level of attention I was so fortunate to receive.
Education funding has been cut by as much as 36.6% between 2008 and 2015. The number of public K-12 teachers and other school workers has decreased since the Great Recession. Local municipalities have to be increasingly supplemented with state funding to make up the capital losses despite rising enrollment to the tune of nearly 11 million students. This means few overall resources for more of the students that need them. The “village” isn’t capable of giving the individual attention necessary to properly raise a child.
The idea for a technical solution to this systemic problem came to me as I was sitting in Palo Alto at IO 2018. Google was pushing an AI everywhere initiative with the tagline “make good things.” This stuck me deep. I had been spending the past 3 years working with AI in various sectors attempting to make good things that would help the most people possible. I, however, was working with people who didn’t share that vision and wanted to make good money. That planted the seeds for bringing to life something much more inline with my “village” upbringing. Use your powers for good. Make good things. Foundationally, Aisis stands for equality. We share our profits with those who invest in our mission however they contribute so they can make things good.
Aisis uses AI to maximize a students potential. The insights gathered allow for more time corrective actions to be implemented so a student can succeed before ever having the opportunity to fail. It affords all student a village, equally so they have the chance to make good things too.