Transforming the Future through Personal Ai: How The Blind Can Contribute Authenticity to Artificial Intelligence; Suman Kanuganti, CEO, Personal AI; San Diego, California

MARK RICCOBONO:  Yeah, thank you to Chancey and to all of our panelists for your participation this evening. I know we are running behind so we will say good evening to all of you, but we really appreciate the work that you're doing to transform accessibility within your organizations and to be champions and partners with the National Federation of the Blind. Okay.  We have one more quick presentation this evening.  And this gentleman has been on this stage many times before.  And last year he talked to us about his work to develop artificial intelligence models.  And he's here to talk to us this year about transforming the future through personal AI.

He doesn't need an introduction, but his company is continuing to push the limits of how AI can be used in many contexts to support different industries.  I was interviewed by some of his company folks recently on how AI could be used on a personal basis to support advocacy skills.  And no one has ever asked me those questions, so very interesting. So here's a friend of the National Federation of the Blind who continues to show up at our convention year after year, the CEO of personal AI from San Diego, California, Suman Kanuganti.

( Remember me, though I have to travel far, remember me... )

SUMAN KANUGANTI:  I was waiting for that song.

MARK RICCOBONO:  It's a memory song, Suman.  Of course.

SUMAN KANUGANTI:  Yes, yes.  Thank you, Mark, for the amazing introduction. It's so good to be back.  Good evening, everybody.  My name is Suman Kanuganti.  Today is my seventh National Federation of the Blind convention.  I want to thank President Riccobono for inviting me. Today I'm speaking to you as the founder and CEO of personal AI, formerly called Luther AI that I started working on last year along with my co-founder, an AI genius, Sharon. I was previously introduced to you in this amazing community as a former founder and CEO of IRA back in 2015.  Since then I haven't missed a convention.

Now, it's not only a tradition but also family.  And it's customary for me to continue serving and engaging with this community. I think about a future of technology a lot.  I dream of a day when we stop talking about mainstream technology and start talking about technology for bodies of all abilities, for all ethnicities, for all genders, and for all humans. Our team is building a personal AI for each individual that is trained on your forgotten memories.  Imagine your own personal AI.  It's a true representation of who you are.  And get a little help surfacing your memories.  The people, the topics, the thoughts, the creative ideas, and being able to share those with yourself or with people around you. While we all worry about a terminator taking over the world, the truth is that AI is only as good as the data it's trained on, carrying the biases and issues of the data, as discussed in the previous panel.

AI has gender bias.  Simply search for the greatest leaders of all time and see how biased the information is as most results you'll notice are predominantly men. AI has racial bias.  Associating Black people with a great degree of criminality.  AI has representation bias.  I'm an American in how I live.  However, how I speak is a human thing.  Other humans can understand my accent, but AI cannot.  When AI makes a choice of running over a kid or a grandma, who is responsible for that decision?  AI has privacy issues.  You probably had a phone conversation about going to Hawaii for vacation and soon you realize content in your social media field are now advertising all-inclusive Hawaii packages.  Well, even if people try to intervene, then there is added bias of a person or organization.

Okay.  So that's a lot of issues with AI. Now, the common theme amongst all these issues arises from data aggregation, from many different people and sources.  When AI is trained on collective data, it carries the discrimination we have in our human society.  These biases are amplified by data collection, by many companies leading to these issues of ownership, transparency, privacy.  And AI cannot be held accountable for making decisions that violate the fundamental rights of humans.  How can we get AI to learn from everyone for everyone so there isn't a bias?

Now, we may not be able to change how businesses practice AI, but as a startup, we have the opportunity to rethink how AI is built to do right by every person.  Our goal at personal AI is to flip the narrative from data aggregation to data separation.  We are training AI on individuals' memories, recalling your memories, your memory stack.  Memories are private.  They're personal.  They represent your mind.  We want to preserve that.  Your personal AI doesn't have a separate identity but carries your own identity and acts as an extension of you.  Your memories, your thoughts, your personality, and your characteristics. It is authentic to you and you alone.  It won't matter what color your skin is, what gender you identify with, whether you are blind or autistic.  It only amplifies who you want to become, not who you are. For this to happen, we are building you a personal AI with these principles in mind.  Your memory stack is part of you and won't be tarnished by scraping the internet.  You and you alone own the data in your memory stack.  Your memory stack is private to you and always in control, in your control, where and when it will be used.  No one will have access to your memories unless you choose to share them.  We are in the process of implementing blockchain technology preserve the ownership of your memory stack.

Your personal AI is unique, trained on your memory stack.  It's an authentic representation of who you are, eliminating any bias from external data. You may be wondering how it's expected to work.  Your personal AI is currently available on desktop devices and very soon on mobile devices as well.  You can turn on the stacking functionality as you write or speak.  You will automatically and ambiently stack and transform them into memories.  A memory comprises many elements such as details about time, people, locations, emotions, and visual information.  Your personal AI will be trained by a model just for you, which unlocks the recall capabilities of your memory beyond traditional search.  The recall functionality surfaces your memories in three modes.  The first, your AI memory stacks are associated with what are you typing, such as people, the context.  Say you are going to meet a person.  Your personal AI will give you a brief on your last conversation together. I am excited to announce a beta product of the functionality launching this week for anybody to try.

The second mode we are working on is called compose, where the parts you need are automatically generated for you, preserving your style and memories.  Let's say you are writing a report on the conversations you may have had at the convention.  Your personal AI will write alongside with you. The third mode is called message, where you and others can have a natural conversation with your personal AI, very similar to how you would with Alexa or Siri.  There you are, busy focusing on your work.  Your personal AI with your permission can respond to your direct messages, saving you some time. So you may ask who is it for.  Well, I believe every human is a creator in their own form.  Whether you are an entrepreneur, a public speaker, influencer, broadcaster, journalist, professional, or you’re just simply a human with specific skills.  Your personal AI is a new tool to preserve your forgotten memories.  Your personal AI is a true reflection of who you are.  After all, what we remember is who we are and what we can recall is who we will become.

If you do want to get involved with our beta program, head over to and follow links to create your AI. I also invite you to be part of this exciting new journey by joining our Discord community at Finally, at this 81st National Federation of the Blind convention, I ask everyone in this community to create your personal AI, your own intelligence, to own your truth, and be your own curator. Thank you, Mark Riccobono and everybody.

MARK RICCOBONO:  Yeah, thank you, Suman.  I've been stacking my memories in my personal AI this week.  So I'll look back on this convention and know that it was the beginning of the personal AI revolution.  So I encourage people to check it out, see how we can use this technology to advance the organized blind movement.