The idea was the brainchild of Apurva Muthe. He is a Software Developer and UI designer. He has done his Bachelors in Computer Science from Weber State University, Utah, USA. The idea was born when he was doing researching during his sophomore year about AI in education.
How was Tinker Bot started?
After observing numerous modern technologies that were simplifying the education in the US, he decided to create a Chatbot that would chat with the users and teach them something new in a friendly manner. Since then there has been no turning back, after which he came back to India to work full time on the project. The project initially started from Starbucks and operated from his dorm room for the initial days
What exactly is Tinker Bot all about?
Tinker Bot is a semi-decisional artificial intelligence based chatbot geared towards redefining education system in India. Tinker Bot works seamlessly with Facebook messenger and helps users to learn new things by chatting with it on Facebook messenger.
There were multiple challenges during the execution of Tinker Bot. Some of them include societal pressure and the mindset of mediocre people around who felt that I was wasting my life in doing stuff that doesn’t matter. But I never wished to settle for less. Our society teaches us to lead a normal life without taking any risks, but according to me, it’s a very limited life. Other challenge included convincing people to use the product as no one believed a 19-year-old could execute work from a dorm room.
Technology under the hood:
With the Tinker Bot, education classes can be personalized. It offers multiple choice questions. If an answer goes wrong, then there is a short explanation. Later it provides in-depth information. It is integrated with Facebook Messenger so that users do not have to download an app. This application will respond to student needs of any age group to choose the topic of Interest. It helps the students to learn in their space. It also helps the student to deal with the judgment-free environment.
It offers solutions for improvement. Many students are scared to make mistakes. Using these tactics, it gives an opportunity to learn even if a student chooses a wrong answer. Trial and error method learning is less daunting and compelling way for improvement in studies. Using the AI system, one can opt to learn from any part of the world and at any point in time. It assists the learner with self-assessment and self-learning. It gives appropriate guidance and explanation to the student considering the level of difficulty.
The Journey so far:
Tinker Bot has taken big leap since its inception. Now it has more than 48,000 users with more than 1,00,000 conversations. The Bot teaches several courses along with Cyber Security course which is geared towards educating citizens regarding Cyber Security. There are more than 20 courses available on the Tinker Bot.
We are working on our own Native app with newly implemented AI and Courses. We have plans to digitalize at least 500 schools by 2020. Also, we are working on our own platform that would help Educational Institutions to create their own white label Chatbots.