Behind the Ai Curtain: our company's inspirations and how they influence our Ai
Updated: Oct 28, 2020
A common question regarding Ai often revolves around how the designers’ bias affects the Ai.
Textpert employees directly impact AiME, so, in an attempt to share what influences her, we’re sharing what inspires us:
Zeke is a pianist and plays in LA jazz clubs
One of Ray’s passions is his Soul Candy playlist
The office contains a frequently-used bongo and shaker
We build shared playlists and listen to music in-office... LOUDLY
We have a tongue-in-cheek rule to only hire those that have a musical passion
Bonding out of the office
We believe in deeply enjoying life and connecting through novel experiences. A few of our past team events:
Dave and busters
Catalina tree course
Lunches, dinners & drinks
Rock climbing indoors & outdoors
Diversity and youth
Textpert was inspired and bolstered by 30 interns when our office was on campus at UCLA during a 2 year span (and sometimes at USC). The intern program included team members of all majors, shapes, sizes, races, colors and creeds… including 13 different national origins.
We were astounded at how charming and productive college students can be when empowered... and, most importantly, how they were able to influence us.
Zeke is a helicopter pilot
Ray is a former radio show host
We name our office plants (e.g. Tori, Becky)
Textpert started in a West Hollywood apartment
Employee of the Month wins rights to a limited edition Stanley Cup exact replica
There is a mini basketball hoop in the office and alley-oops are a regular occurrence
Zeke & Ray patch together Spanish, Italian or Russian when they prefer to speak in code
Influencing an Ai
We want to imbue AiME with two specific goals: make you smile more and improve your resilience. We’ll keep trying to curate our own influences so that we influence AiME as best as possible.
One of our favorite parts of AiME is she's subject to concept drift... meaning she's essentially always evolving. The upshot is that you influence her by just talking with her.
During this 2020 psychological thriller we all need as much help as we can get so talk with AiME for your own mental health... or so you can influence her.