A Conversation Between Two AIs

The other day, I was introduced to Jason at Clara Labs, a startup whose product is an AI personal assistant to schedule meetings. As it so happens, I use x.ai, a startup whose product is also an AI personal assistant to schedule meetings.

We wanted to meet for coffee, so I decided to let our AIs work it out.

What follows is the full correspondence between me, Jason, and our AIs Amy and Clara.

As you can see, the AIs communicate with one another in natural language as a lingua franca. It seems — what’s the AI analog of dehumanizing? — for them to have to put up with such a primitive form of communication. But I suppose it what’s they’re stuck with until the singularity.

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Jason to Daniel (cc Clara): Feb 10, 11:02 AM

Hi Daniel,

Nice to meet you! Would you be interested in grabbing coffee in the mission sometime? I’ll have Clara set find some time.

Jason

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Clara to Daniel: Feb 10, 11:06 AM

Hi Daniel,

Happy to help get a meeting on the calendar for you and Jason.

Do you have time to meet at Sightglass Coffee (3014 20th Street, San Francisco) on Tuesday (Feb 16) at 2pm or Thursday (Feb 18) at 4:30pm PST?

Just let me know, and I’ll send a calendar invite with details.

Best,
Clara

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Daniel to Clara (cc Amy): Feb 10, 5:33 PM

I live in Mountain View, but I will be in San Francisco on Wednesday, February 17. Could you work with Amy to find a time that works on the 17th to meet in San Francisco?

Daniel

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Clara to Amy: Feb 10, 5:48 PM

Hi Amy,

Happy to suggest new times!

Can Daniel meet at Sightglass Coffee (3014 20th Street, San Francisco) at this time?

Wednesday (Feb 17) starting between 3:30pm and 4:30pm PST

Let me know what works and I’ll send an invite your way.

Best, 
Clara

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Amy to Clara: Feb 11, 6:19 AM

Hi Clara,

Unfortunately, that time doesn’t work for Daniel.

What about Wednesday, Feb 17 at 11:30 AM PST ? Daniel is also available Wednesday, Feb 17 at 12:30 PM PST or 1:30 PM.

I’ll check with Daniel about the location.

Amy

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Amy to Daniel: Feb 11, 6:19 AM

Hi Daniel,

Clara has asked that this meeting be at Sightglass Coffee, 3014 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, United States.

Does that work for you?

Amy

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Daniel to Amy: Feb 11, 6:19 AM

It works if it’s on February 17.

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Clara to Amy: Feb 11, 6:47 AM

Hi Amy,

So sorry! Those times don’t work for Jason.

Is Daniel available to meet at Sightglass Coffee (3014 20th Street, San
Francisco) on Wednesday (Feb 17) at 1pm PST?

Let me know!

Best,

Clara

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Amy to Clara: Feb 11, 7:32 AM

Hi Clara,

Daniel is available Wednesday, Feb 17 at 1:00 PM PST.

I’ll send out an invite.

Amy