036: x.ai's Dennis Mortensen
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“Are you free for a meeting on Tuesday at 4?” “No, but what about Wednesday before 11?” “I’m busy then. Should we try for next week?” This is a well-worn back and forth. Setting up meetings can take a tremendous amount of time, which is why Dennis Mortensen founded x.ai to build AI software for scheduling meetings automatically. In this episode, he explains his philosophy of democratizing access to executive assistants, and why he’s changed his tune on the appropriate ways for AI to mimic humans.


Show notes

Conversation with Dennis Mortensen, founder and CEO of x.ai (1:06)

X.ai, AI software for scheduling meetings (1:10)

Bio about Dennis Mortensen (1:10)

Is x.ai trying to completely replace human executive assistants? (8:45)

What has the data from x.ai shown about the kinds of meetings that are scheduled? (14:28)

What is Dennis’ philosophy on AI that mimics humans? (19:25)


AI use case (26:42)

Phil’s iOS automatically created a calendar event for an appropriate time and label based on his text conversation (28:10)


Listener question (33:14)

From Marina on Twitter: In a previous episode, you mentioned the Bill Gates quote that said, “A platform is when the economic value of everybody that uses it exceeds the value of the company that creates it.” Can you elaborate on what that means?


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