Ever had the pleasure of the following email volley?
YOU: Let’s meet on Thursday to review this listing.
THEM: Thursday’s not good for me.
YOU: OK, which day is better?
YOU: OK, I can meet between 9 and 11.
THEM: That won’t work, I can only meet between 1 and 3.
YOU: OK, how about 2?
THEM: Actually, 3 is better.
YOU: OK, where do you want to meet?
YOU: Sure, which one?
THEM: The one on Main St.
YOU: Sure, which one?
THEM: 123 Main Street
YOU: OK, see you there.
Does that make you want to punch yourself in the face? Don’t have a Personal Assistant? Enter Amy Ingram, the Artificial Intelligence Personal Assistant brought to you by the folks at x.ai.
Basically, the x.ai app integrates with your existing email app and calendar and handles all of the back and forth of scheduling a meeting for you. You simply CC “Amy” in the initial email to the person you’d like to meet with (or your initial response to them), and Amy handles the rest. For the first 3 meetings with each person, Amy will BCC you so you can monitor the interaction until you are comfortable with using her. Amy has access to your calendar, so she knows when you are available.
So far, I’ve been extremely impressed. I’ve attempted to make Amy fail by being obstinate in emails, but it doesn’t work. She responds professionally and appropriately every time. See the real-world thread below. (Sorry, Chad.)
There is a waiting list to try the new app, so you should sign up ASAP. You can move up on the wait list by spreading the word via Social Media and email. Google Mail and Calendar is the only platform currently supported (hey, it’s free). If you use Exchange, Outlook, or other platform for work, simply create a free Gmail address and sign up for Amy using your Gmail account. Once the service starts supporting other platforms, you can switch your email and calendar preferences. And yes, there is also an “Andrew” whom you may select in place of “Amy”, should you so desire.
If you think using a fake person to schedule your meetings is impersonal, it is. However, does the potential weirdness outweigh the countless hours this app can save you? Are you really against using Artificial Intelligence? (Hint: If you’ve ever uttered the words, “Siri, give me directions to the nearest dive bar,” you already have your answer.)
Sign up for the app here: https://x.ai/