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This AI personal assistant took 3 years and millions to build -- it completely fooled me

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A few weeks ago I was emailing Tom Blomfield, the CEO of startup bank Monzo, to arrange lunch. He passed me over to his assistant, Amy Ingrams, by CCing her into an email. Amy and I exchanged eight emails fixing up a date and then another five when Blomfield had to rearrange. Only then did I spot something odd in Amy's email signature: "Artificial intelligence for scheduling meetings." It turns out that I had been talking to an algorithm the whole time.


This AI personal assistant took 3 years and millions to build -- it completely fooled me

#artificialintelligence

A few weeks ago I was emailing Tom Blomfield, the CEO of startup bank Monzo, to arrange lunch. He passed me over to his assistant, Amy Ingram, by CCing her into an email. Amy and I exchanged eight emails fixing up a date and then another five when Blomfield had to rearrange. Only then did I spot something odd in Amy's email signature: "Artificial intelligence for scheduling meetings." It turns out that I had been talking to an algorithm the whole time.


The company behind Amy Ingram, the realistic AI personal assistant, is launching an enterprise edition

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X.ai's "Amy Ingram" aims to take the hassle out of arranging meetings. X.ai, the company behind the "Amy Ingram" personal assistant that helps eliminate the back-and-forth email exchange that comes with arranging meetings, is launching an enterprise edition. To use the virtual PA -- which also comes in an "Andrew Ingram" version and has been available to individuals since 2015 -- users link their calendars to the service and then CC amy@x.ai Amy or Andrew then take over and chat to the contact like a real PA in order to organize the most convenient rendezvous. As Business Insider has previously reported, many people on the receiving end of emails from the Ingrams have been fooled into thinking they were speaking to a real PA -- so much so that "Amy" has even been sent gifts.


The AI Bot That Scans Your Email and Automatically Schedules Meetings

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Dennis Mortensen remembers the exact moment he decided he needed a better way to schedule meetings over email. He had just finished counting how many appointments he had in 2012. And of those 1,019 meetings, he had rescheduled 672 of them. "I looked at those two numbers, and I cried a little thinking about how much time I invested in emailing people," Mortensen recalls. Mortensen shared his grievances with a good friend, Alex Poon, and the two tried a little experiment: They agreed to handle each other's calendar appointments for the next couple of months.


Everybody loves this digital assistant named Amy Ingram, and now 'she' is coming to Microsoft Outlook

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For the last two years, the popular x.ai virtual personal assistant has been helping Google Calendar users manage their meetings. Today, x.ai is finally coming to Microsoft calendars, with support for Office 365 and Outlook.com, as the company moves closer to the release of its paid business edition later this year. "Microsoft pretty much owns the enterprise, and as we move towards the launch of our professional edition, this could not come at a better time. Getting market share and working with Microsoft somewhat rhymes," x.ai CEO and founder Dennis R. Mortensen says. Just copy "amy@x.ai" to your email, and "Amy Ingram," your personal AI assistant, will handle the annoying parts of finding a time that works for both parties.