Seattle startup Algorithmia builds front desk AI inspired by Mark Zuckerberg’s New Year’s resolution

Algorithmia’s facial recognition system runs on a Kindle Fire taped to the wall. Image via Algorithmia. This year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a New Year’s resolution to build an artificial intelligence that helps out at work and home. We haven’t heard much about Zuckerberg’s progress since then, but his goal inspired a Seattle startup to build an AI helper of its own.Algorithm marketplace Algorithmia built their AI front desk assistant in just 24 hours during an internal hackathon, heavily relying on the company’s own algorithm library. The AI uses facial recognition to quickly identify people, announce them on Slack and perform some other neat tricks. The user-facing component of the AI is a $50 Amazon Fire tablet taped up to the wall outside their Seattle headquarters, which captures the visitor’s face…


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