Intern Voice: Mithil Chakraborty
As I played around with the app, I realized how cool the capabilities were. During the iOS stage of my internship, I verified and debugged numerous iOS Q App actions and contributed to the latest release of the iOS Q Actions app. From there, I researched new actions to on board for Android, focusing on relevant information and new apps. As a result, I proposed actions that would display COVID-19 information in Facebook and open Messenger Rooms. Through this process, I learned how to implement Voice Talkback too for the Facebook COVID-19 info action, using Android Device Monitor and Q Tools. The unique actions I finally on boarded included:
- “show me coronavirus info” >> talks back first 3 headlines in COVID-19 Info Center Pane on Facebook
- “open messenger rooms” >> creates and opens a Messenger Room
Users don’t have to say an exact phrase in order for the app to execute the correct action; the smart AI-based intent matching system will only run the relevant actions from Facebook or Messenger based on the user’s query. The user does not even have to mention the app by name – the system picks the right app automatically.
When these actions finally got implemented, it felt rewarding to see my work easily accessible on smartphones; thereafter, I told my friends and family about the amazing Q Actions app so they could see my work. Throughout my Aiqudo internship, the team was incredibly easy to talk to and they always encouraged questions. It showed me the real-life applications of software engineering and AI, which I hadn’t been exposed to before, and the importance of collaboration and perseverance, especially when I was debugging pesky actions for iOS. This opportunity taught me in a hands-on way the business and technical skills needed for a startup like Aiqudo to be nimble and successful, which I greatly appreciated. Overall, my time at Aiqudo was incredibly memorable and I hope to be back soon.
Thank you Phillip, Mark, Steven, Rajat and the rest of the Aiqudo team for giving me this valuable experience this summer!