You know Siri and Alexa. You may be familiar with Bixby. Get ready to visit AI Office Assistant Xena, a workplace designed to remove all mundane tasks from your to-do list.

The idea is part of the Xufacture Platform (billed itself as the “Automated Chief of Staff”), a new start-up led by some industry heavyweights such as Pete Christothoulou from Marchex, Jason Flaks from Microsoft and Peter Francis from Qualtrics. It is backed by Lightspeed Venture Partners, Tom Gonser, founder of DocuSign, and Julie Larson-Green, former Microsoft CXO.

So you might be ready for that – with this kind of support, he will be looking for the last resort in your business, even if it is not as fast as you would like.

It’s fun to be with your AI pal

Xena is designed to act as a personal assistant – but for anyone, at any level, instead of just a CEO or a top-level manager. This will automate the many otherwise-unforgettable but much-needed hassles that connect the work day together. Scheduling meetings, taking notes, managing to-do lists, and optimizing schedules are just some of the workarounds that are boring and easily forgotten in the high turnover of brain power.

Xena can take care of those trivial tasks and keep you in the game, as you personally move forward with more human-skilled elements in your work. His point is that he is a representative of the day-to-day workings of the AI ​​system.

The whole history of science fiction, from Rossum’s Universal Robots In 1920 it Terminator In 1984 and beyond, the manufacturing and car-manufacturing industries have a tendency to warn against delegating human responsibilities to robots or AI systems, not to mention real-world histories. Everything from Jetsons To 2001: A Space Odyssey To War games “What if it went wrong?” Such a question is presented. – From the work-based chaos with consequences that humans then had to do twice as much as they were trying to avoid, to the AI-prompted global thermonuclear conflict. It can be argued that if you take away the hard work of their day, people have time to imagine the worst things in the world.

“Cheat, Will Robinson!”?

Thankfully, we’re far from starting World War III from Xena – if that happens, it’s likely to be our fault. It will be interesting to see the business response to the automated, AI-based personal assistant. It’s worth looking at two fronts. Unlike Siri and Alexa, Xena is kindly voice-free and only works based on written instructions, it does more than use an electronic personal assistant – or it will until it’s done. Its algorithm Recognizes purpose, And its communication agent uses natural syntax instead of trademark robotics – it will give you “understood” instead of “understood message”.

This is also a step forward in the evolution of the whole level of AI communication, in any single business and in businesses around the world; “I’ll call my people your people” not so much that “I have my Xena message your Xena.” And especially when considering its most valuable functionality, it must be kink-free before it can be used extensively.

To transcribe and summarize meetings – a key part of his intended offer – he needs to listen well, write the names of the voices, understand the context in all the meetings where programming references can add to the human workload ahead of time and learn this. Collapse normal human speech patterns into short sentences, without leaving any important part.

Transcription tools already exist, but this level of sophistication is beyond all, if not all, at present. Added to that, the Xena and Xufacture platforms will fit into the entire work ecosystem, effectively creating their own layer of AI-enabled infrastructure instead of essential tools like Otter.ai.

That’s why Xunity wants to do some significant development work before it can ally with the coffee machine and take over the world – sorry, we have to say that before it can be delivered to the level of AI load-lifting from everyone in an organization. If it only adds to the work that humans do, it will reduce its potential audience based on it, and businesses will continue to choose less efficient-pumped options that really deliver on their promises.

A great nursemaid

Whether human workers are still ready for this level of AI control over their daily working lives is another factor that needs to be considered. Hard work may be hard, but whether you’re scheduling a meeting with coworkers, it feels like at least a moment of human contact. If all of this were assigned to AI with a purpose-defining function, then the humans in the equation could feel nothing more than cogs in the AI ​​system. After all, to quote Isaac Asimov in Robbie, “Robots are more reliable than human nursemaids.” Undoubtedly, the same can be seen as true for human personal assistants – at this point, human skills become a bit more than information in a muscular database.

One day, every assistant will have an AI assistant

There are no plans to monetize Xunity yet, which is not surprising considering how many hurdles one has to overcome before achieving the goal of providing everyone with a personal business assistant.

But while it is fair to say that Xena may not start World War III or send Cyborg back in time to kill people, it is also true that the burden of every employee in the company will not be lightened yet.

Sometimes, but not yet.