A virtual assistant that sets up meetings so you don’t have to

If one of Jonathan Hall’s students at U of T wants to see him outside class, they can make an appointment with his personal assistant, Amy Ingram.She is unfailingly polite and always responds quickly to email — no matter how busy she is — and isn’t paid a cent.But neither Hall, an assistant professor of economics, nor the university risk running into trouble with the Ministry of Labour.The reason: Amy, as her initials A.I. reveal, is in fact an artificially intelligent, virtual assistant. She was designed by the New York City startup, x.ai, to help people manage their ever-busier schedules.There is no download required to use Amy. After signing up online — there is a long wait list — you ‘cc’ her email address when replying to a request for…


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