AI and the rise of the emotional economy

Intelligent machines are starting to do many tasks that until recently were the exclusive domain of people. From delivering pizza to filing simple legal briefs, AI-powered software agents and robots are taking tasks away from humans. But while doom and gloom prognosticators have dominated mainstream media with predictions that this will inevitably cause mass unemployment,…
Future of Work, Productivity

x.ai selected to the NYC Techweek100 Awards

This week, Techweek100 recognized x.ai as an Established Leader in New York, and we’re pretty chuffed about it. The Techweek100 is a prestigious annual award by Techweek, a tech festival in 8 cities that brings together diverse communities of entrepreneurs, professionals and thought leaders to spotlight and enable innovation ecosystems. As they like to put…
Amy's Love Letters, Startup

4 ways AI is remaking sales

Technology was supposed to save us time and make our lives better. But for most of us, all the tech in our lives has just added to the burden. From the hundreds of emails and thousands of Slack messages we sift through each day, to the nonstop Google calendar scheduling (and rescheduling) ping pong, we’re…
Calendar, Meeting Scheduling, Productivity

x.ai Pros And How They Do It: Mike Bell of Persosa

Name: Mike Bell Title: CMO, co-founder Company: Persosa Location: Chicago, IL Twitter handle: @michaelrsbell x.ai boss since: December 2016 Describe yourself in one word: Tenacious   Tell us one fun fact about you! At one point, I had three different passports: US, Canadian, and British. Describe what your company does. Persosa is a web personalization platform that allows brands to provide…
x.ai Pros Series

What a 15-hour work week means for startups

In 1930, in the throes of the Great Depression, economist John Maynard Keynes published an essay he’d been working on since before the stock market crash titled “Economic Possibilities for our Grandchildren.” In it, Keynes made two audacious claims, especially given the tattered state of the economy: that economic output would grow about sevenfold by…
Future of Work, Productivity, Startup

Why I am bullish on humans

For humans to survive the automation revolution, we need to double down on our humanity. The argument goes like this: Artificial intelligence is getting better and better at automating things that humans do. Not just repetitive tasks like assembling parts in a factory, but complex tasks that have traditionally been the domain of humans. Pretty…
Artificial Intelligence

How AI agents are making everyone managers

A recent Gallup study found that only one in 10 people possess the skills to be effective managers. That’s bad news because AI is about to make everyone a manager. That’s right: The rise of intelligent AI assistants, like the one my company x.ai offers, means everyone will become the manager of their own team of artificially intelligent machine…
Artificial Intelligence, Vertical AI

How to use an AI assistant for important meetings

Recently, an entrepreneur asked me whether I thought investors would be put off by an early-stage startup founder arranging meetings through an AI assistant like Amy or Andrew. He worried that some investors might be soured by having to reconcile the contradictory image of someone seeking money while simultaneously employing an executive assistant. That’s a…
Customer Success, Meeting Scheduling