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PhotoMath wants to help you with your Algebra Problems

by Felix Omondi
PhotoMath wants to help you with your Algebra Problems

The ugly truth is that there are many people that hate solving math problems than there are those that like solving them. It might not be an excellent reality, but it is the reality all the same. MicroBlink, the creators of PhotoPay, have come up with yet another interesting app, PhotoMath; said to be capable of helping you with your algebra problems.

If you count yourself among the lot that does not like solving algebra problems, then you need to start using PhtoMath. This app works in very much the same way a QR-code reader works. Simply run the app on your smartphone, point the camera on the algebra problem and let the app crunch the numbers and give you the solutions.

MicroBlink’s earlier creation PhotoPay was hailed for being a heaven-sent app. It allows users to scan their paper bill and automatically sends the scanned document to their bank, which then pays that bill on their behalf. I am sure you can think of many scenarios where such an app would have been handy.

Looking at its latest creation yet – PhotoMath. Yes, it is an innovative creation, but one would be compelled to argue not all great creations are good creations. PhotoMath can be argued to add to the list of the growing artificial intelligence that are slowly weakening the human species’s brain power.

Imagine, you are a 14-year-old sited in your room at night trying to finish homework for tomorrow’s class. Earlier during the day, while the teacher was teaching the algebra lesson, you never took the trouble to pay attention because you know of an innovative app that will get the homework done. At night, you simply take out your smartphone, point the camera to the homework and wait for PhotoMath to do the number crunching for you.

The app also does better than only give you the correct solution. It will show you step by step procedure on how to reach the right solutions. The end-result, the student, simply copy-and-pastes these procedure and submits them the next morning as their homework. By all rights, the teacher should award him the marks, since they got the answer correct and even included the step-by-step procedure on how they arrived at the answer.

So this begs the question. Is PhotoMath a good app that should be allowed to be used by the general public? There is no doubt that if it does what it is said to do, your days of having problems with math problems are over.

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