The outfit’s perfect for my first meeting, which was scheduled by Andrew Ingram, my personal assistant. He’s also not a person—he’s a scheduling bot from x.ai. Andrew has access to my calendar and meeting preferences, from time of day to my favorite local coffee shop. I just CC him on an email, and he takes care of the rest.
These digital assistants have infiltrated our habits, but they’ve also captured our imagination. Our days are richer than a series of reminders and meetings—they’re full of curiosity about the world around us, and where and how we intersect with it.
That’s why we’re creating a different kind of bot, modeled after our most culturally curious, well-rounded friends. It’s a cultural companion and guide—providing thoughtful dialogue about living well, in all its many forms. We’re ready to chat with you about cultural ephemera, send you tips or incredible finds, and embark with you on top-secret pop culture missions.
Full disclosure: Things might get messy, far beyond the recipes we’re tackling. We’re still learning the ins and outs of building chatbots, and occasionally things go wrong. Bear with us—we believe in taking risks, and we’re learning and improving as we go. We’re doing this in the spirit of experimentation, and we welcome your feedback and ideas over the next few months.
So how does it work? Just strike up a conversation with us on Facebook Messenger. We soft-launched a couple of weeks ago as a watch-along companion to Stranger Things seasons 1 and 2, the Netflix show-turned-internet-obsession from last summer. (Don’t worry—you tell us where you are, and we’ll be sure not to spoil it for you.)
You can also learn to bake incredible no-knead bread with us, with a real-time, step-by-step guide. Have a question about yeast or your cookware? Just ask.
We will continue to add conversations over the next few months. We’d love to talk: firstname.lastname@example.org.