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

Live AI Assistant Demo @ NY Enterprise Technology Meetup

NYETM packed a full house last night and delivered on their promises in showcasing noteworthy early stage technology companies and educating companies on how to work with enterprises yet again. Special thank you to our host and organizer extraordinaire, Jonathan Lehr (@fendien). Capping the night with the dynamic keynote speaker, Jason M. Lemkin, schooling us…
Startup

Welcome to Closed Beta 3!

We’d like to thank all our early adopters for the love pouring in to the point that we had to extend our 2nd round for one more day. We’ve received tons of amazing and valuable feedback from our testers and we hope this is a sign that we are indeed solving the scheduling problem once…
Startup

Killing the Calendar Invitation feature within Gmail

Google retired the feature which allowed its users to insert calendar invites directly within emails. On the outset a feature which makes a lot of sense  and it should certainly resonate with anybody scheduling a lot of meetings. Solid engineering from smart people. That said, perhaps the matter of the fact is that I don’t…
Productivity

Optimal Meeting Title Text

If your calendar is full of meetings, you’ve probably had to dig for details as I have to figure out with whom and what I’m meeting about. Having a comprehensive Meeting Titles at a glance can save everyone’s time and energy. Our opinion on how to write optimal Meeting Titles is to have the two most…
Productivity

Selectively adding ~500 additional executives to x.ai

Today at midnight we are selectively adding an additional 500 executives to the x.ai meeting scheduling beta service. The list mostly consists of people from New York and San Francisco, but we are certainly working hard to extend that to a wider beta audience. Here’s a lovely testimonial / tweet from Jesse, a delightful beta user:…
Startup

x.ai investing $2M in artificial intelligence for meeting scheduling

We are in the midst of building an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant that schedules meetings for our business customers – and I am very pleased to announce IA Ventures, Softbank Capital and Lerer Ventures as our new investors. x.ai is a personal assistant that lets you use email to schedule meetings. You talk to…
Startup

How to add travel time to outside meetings

Let us acknowledge the fact that every meeting, with no exception, starts and ends with travel-time. A time period which can range from the invisible and insignificant walk between meeting rooms when the next coming meeting is internal, to half hour treks across town for customer visits, to half day flights to a different city.…
Productivity

Launching x.ai – a personal assistant who schedules meetings for you

Alex, Matt, Marcos, Amy Ingram and I are launching an artificial intelligence powered personal assistant that schedules meetings for you. x.ai. We are backing this venture ourselves and running it out of New York City (where else?). The solution is not open to the public, and we are far from finished, but are are doing euphoric high…
Startup

Scheduling a meeting is 3 independent actions

I am falling in love with all the processes surrounding meeting scheduling, but the more time I spend with executives and personal assistants, the more evident it becomes that scheduling a meeting involves three independent and distinct actions performed by separate actors: Sell Meeting A formal meeting, in its purest definition, is the deliberate coming together of two…
Productivity

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