An honest look at the threat of AI (Issue 54)

Welcome to Issue 54 of the All Turtles newsletter. Every other week, we bring you carefully chosen news and analysis about AI, startups, and updates from our product teams. If you like this newsletter (we hope you do!), please subscribe or share with a friend.

Practically perfect

No company is perfect, but that shouldn’t stop an entrepreneur from striving to achieve an ideal business model. To do so, they can take a page from the playbooks of companies who excel in specific areas. Intel, for example, has pioneered sustainable diversity and inclusion efforts that are worthy of replicating, and Under Armour has set a prime example of how to master public relations. Learn about other corporate role models in Quartz’s roundup of companies that have particular strengths in areas ranging from design and innovation to supply chain and sustainability.

ReadPerfect Company (Quartz)


More than a feeling

Chatbots have the potential to combine pre-programmed, thoroughly vetted answers with self-generated responses to sustain a helpful and supportive dialogue with people working through emotional difficulties. As of now, however, two prominent emotional support chatbots have demonstrated that they are far from achieving that level of discourse. Wysa and Woebot were both built with the intention of helping people with emotional challenges, but in a recent test by the BBC, they responded inappropriately and failed to help users.

ReadWoe is me: a cautionary tale of two chatbots (All Turtles)


Champion of chatter

Mursal Hedayat launched Chatterbox, an All Turtles product, to revolutionize language learning, and it’s a prime example of technology that enhances humans rather than replacing them. Chatterbox is a language and culture training program that employs refugees as tutors. Mursal was inspired to launch Chatterbox after seeing how her mother’s struggles with underemployment when she came to the UK from Afghanistan. Today, Mursal wants to help refugees make full use of their potential.

ListenEpisode 41: Chatterbox’s Mursal Hedayat on social entrepreneurship (All Turtles)


Facing the facts

If 2018 taught us anything—between Cambridge Analytica, Google’s Pentagon deal fallout, and all the Silicon Valley scandals that made headlines—it’s that the people responsible for building world-changing technology must do a better job at anticipating the ways in which their products can cause harm. Moreover, they need to be held accountable when what they create does damage to the world. While there’s no need for sensationalized rhetoric about how AI technology will end humanity as we know it, there is plenty of room to reckon with the real possibility of what could go wrong if it’s implemented irresponsibly.

ReadThe case for taking AI seriously as a threat to humanity (Vox)


Finding future founders

Where is the next Elon Musk right now? According to a poll of 529 startup founders, the company that is likely training the next sizable crop of notable entrepreneurs is Uber. Other companies likely employing future founders, according to the survey, are Slack, Stripe, and Airbnb. These companies have earned their reputations for innovation, so it’s not a bad bet to say that some of the people currently working on these revolutionary products will soon spin out and build their own unicorns.

ReadUS founders predict the best entrepreneurs will come from these 11 companies (Quartz)



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