Category: Computing

Using Scala to Build an AI-Powered Personal Assistant: x.ai Engineers Tell All

x.ai makes an AI-powered personal assistant that schedules meetings for you. Amy Ingram (and her brother Andrew) have processed millions of scheduling related emails so far. The team building Amy is 60 people strong. Among them, 25 data scientists and software engineers created the Scala-based technology that allows Amy to understand meeting scheduling emails and…
Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Data

x.ai Wins a MongoDB Innovation Award!

Awesomesauce! We’re so very honored to take home a MongoDB Innovation Award for Artificial Intelligence. We were on hand at today’s MongoDB World 2015 conference to not only pick up the award, but to also present—Varun Vijayaraghavan, an x.ai Backend Engineer, gave a stellar overview of how we’re building our dear Amy (video to come). Here’s…
Artificial Intelligence, Computing, Data, Startup

It’s Time to Take Artificial Intelligence Seriously – WSJ

No Longer an Academic Curiosity, It Now Has Measurable Impact on Our Lives The age of intelligent machines has arrived—only they don’t look at all like we expected. Forget what you’ve seen in movies; this is no HAL from “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and it’s certainly not Scarlett Johansson’s disembodied voice in “Her.” It’s more…
Computing, Data, Startup

Self-awareness cost ~$476 million on Amazon

I was reading about a new brain-inspired chip on the BBC, which suggests new potentially cost effective ways of executing heavy data/compute tasks. They speak of “neurons” and “synapses” as a way to describe it, which is interesting as we can use humans as a reference for what we might want to achieve. Wikipedia suggests…
Computing, Startup

Our future relationship with robots

With Amazon testing its Drone Delivery Program, and the launch of Google Glass, I can’t help but to think about our future interaction with data, algorithms, and machines.   How will we “work”?  What will it look like in the future?  I recently had a great chat with Sanjeev Nambudiri from TechPost Media.  The Podcast is…
Computing, Data