Show Menu

Clarifying the Confusion: Unpacking the Astra Name in Educational Tools and DataStax’s Database Technology

It appears there was some confusion regarding the name “Astra” as related to Google’s AI technologies. The confusion might stem from the overlap of different products and services using similar names. The information I found suggests that “Astra” is not a new AI model developed by Google, but instead, it is associated with two different contexts:

  1. Astra AI as an educational tool: This is a service provided by a company using the domain, which offers a math tutoring AI called “Astra AI”. This tool helps users solve math problems by taking pictures of the equations and providing step-by-step solutions, aiming to improve understanding and problem-solving skills in mathematics.
  2. Astra DB by DataStax on Google Cloud: This is a technology product that involves Google Cloud indirectly. Astra DB is a database solution developed by DataStax, based on Apache Cassandra, that integrates with Google Cloud’s Vertex AI to enhance real-time generative AI applications. This service is aimed at enabling users to leverage their data in advanced AI scenarios, but it is not an AI model developed by Google itself.

It seems there was no mention or release of a Google AI named “Astra” as of the latest updates and announcements from Google or in the broader AI community. The Astra-related services mentioned are distinct from Google’s proprietary AI technologies such as the recently discussed “Gemini” models.

5.00 avg. rating (99% score) - 1 vote