Software That Speaks Human: Meet Contextors, a Company That Takes the Guesswork out of Language Learning (Podcast)

This past month, we had the opportunity to sit down with a number of Israeli edtech companies at a local event. One of the companies was Contextors, a company focused on “perfecting the way computers use natural language.” This might seem like a pedantic pursuit, but some of their products could revolutionize the way we communicate through machines.

For example, one of the Contextors products is a dictionary app called Literāte. Literāte provides definitions within ebooks to help contextualize words with multiple meanings. Take Harry Potter, for example. While the word “potter” might mean “a person who makes pottery” in the English language, anyone who’s read the series knows that this isn’t the proper use for the word within the context. Instead of this out-of-place definition, Literāte offers up the proper usage based on context, which in this case, is the last name of the protagonist.

To learn more about Contextors, Literāte, and the future of natural language processing, we spoke with Steve Schuster, CMO of Contextors.

Hannah Nyren

Hannah Nyren

A Texan by birth but a Bostonian at heart, Hannah is an educational writer, AmeriCorps alum, and one-time StartupWeekend EDU (SWEDU) winning team member. She started her career at a Pearson-incubated edtech startup, but has since covered travel, food & culture, and even stonemasonry in addition to education.