If unified memory was the foundation of building Personal AI, access is the essence of why we founded Personal AI. It is the north star principle that we live by daily.
Suman, Kristie, and I all have our own origin stories. We share the same passion for building a product that extends access for everyone and we each carry our own lens on how we think and solve for access.
Suman and Suman AI:
While access to the internet is revolutionary, access to each of our individual minds (our intranet) is still lacking. Our vision was not only to capture the unique experiences of each of us as individuals but also to provide a model of their inner world, a model that can be shared and accessed by others.
Our vision of the future is a user-centric internet where, instead of the wall gardens of platforms where data lives today, the data and its access are user-owned and user-controlled. The first step for accessing our user’s memory and model is an API of you—a universal access point to a user’s personal AI.
When we design, innovate, and solve for the maximum number of people possible, we think about access as multi-dimensional: accessible, enduring, and universal. The first anchor for our pursuit of access is building a product that is accessible, “that all people can use in whatever way they want.”
We considered the most universal integration for where personal AI can live with the maximum reach. The natural answer was smart phones (6.94 billion in 2024) and SMS (5 billion people each day).
After a few iterations of the core SMS architecture, we designed a system that maintained the accessibility of SMS while maintaining the native functionality of the platform like Copilot & Autopilot — users can receive their messages inside the Personal AI platform and curate the response before sending it back to the sender. The Personal AI number can also be attached to any AI Persona or any Lounge, where Personal AI not only can act on an individual level where anyone can text with personal AIs in a private setting, but also any group setting where the AI number represents the interactions of an entire community.
President Mark Riccobono, of the National Federation of the Blind, is a leader in the organized blind movement. Combining his entrepreneurship, marketing, education, and advocacy experience, he provides leadership to the community through synthesizing the hopes and dreams of people into action. He works at the forefront of advocating for and adopting new and innovative technology built from the beginning (not as an afterthought) to include equal access for the blind community.
As we worked with Mark on his personal AI, it was a learning experience for us to map out the purpose of his AI and define how it can both capture and enhance the depth of connections within the NFB community. And part of that purpose is to reach even more audiences. Since most people do not have a personal relationship with a blind person, Mark AI presents a meaningful way to teach the nonblind community about the real experience of blind people rather than relying on social stereotypes. Additionally, we are challenged to look ahead to implementation of personalized safety features aligned with the user's goals.
This week, Mark is launching his AI to the wider community. To quote Mark / Mark AI: “Engage and share your ideas with Mark AI and help shape the authentic expression of the blind community.”
What questions do you have for a person living with blindness? What might you want to know about making your business or service more widely available to the blind community? How can you help a family member or friend who is experiencing changing eyesight? We expect all of these questions and more to be ones that Mark AI will contribute to our growing community of personally connected Ais.
Connect with Mark AI via text at 18335642271 or via your browser or app at riccobono.personal.ai