Jason Calacanis on x.ai and its AI-powered personal assistant, Amy Ingram: From “meh” to “wow” in 57 minutes

Jason talks to Dennis R. Mortensen about x.ai, humanizing our AI personal assistant, why AI won’t necessarily kill jobs, and the downside of being an entrepreneur in Denmark. Throughout the episode, Jason and Dennis set up a meeting with each other using Amy. After putting Amy to the task, Dennis checks out of the email…
Artificial Intelligence, Startup, Vertical AI

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

How to teach a machine to understand us

We are fast moving from the app era to the era of the intelligent agent. Over the next half decade, we’ll witness the birth of hundreds if not thousands of autonomous intelligent agents. By definition, these agents complete entire jobs by themselves, which means they must learn to understand us and our objectives. Therein lies…
Artificial Intelligence

How to talk to your Mom about AI

2015 has seen an explosion in funding, interest in, and new product development around Artificial Intelligence. Facebook delivered M, Amazon gave us Echo, and Google launched TensorFlow, its open source machine learning library. A whole host of startups have also emerged, including ours (x.ai), HyperScience, and Vicarious. There’s an interesting parallel to the web, circa…
Artificial Intelligence, Data, Vertical AI

People Thank Machines in ~11% of all meetings

People love Amy! They love her ability to schedule meetings so much that they choose to share their feelings with the world: https://x.ai/lovenotes That is obviously wonderful and something we are very proud of, but what absolutely fascinates me is how they interact directly with Amy and the fact that we had to engineer and…
Artificial Intelligence

Zirtual Announces Pausing on Operations

Today, a lot of busy executives woke up to find out that Zirtual paused operations and they are now without their reliable virtual assistant to help with the enormous amount of time consuming tasks. Scheduling meetings being one of them. We know the pain and have the solution! If you don’t know us, x.ai is…
Artificial Intelligence, Productivity, Startup

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