Andy Rubin’s Essential is reportedly working on an AI phone that pretends to be you

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Consumer electronics startup Essential Products is reportedly working on a new device that will use artificial intelligence to mimic users and respond to messages on their behalf. According to a report from Bloomberg, the gadget is the company’s latest focus after its first hardware product, the Essential Phone, failed to take off with consumers last year.

Bloomberg reports that the new device under development is intended to free users from their phones. It would have a small screen and be controlled primarily using voice commands, while a built-in AI agent would mimic the owner, automatically responding to emails and text messages and booking appointments on their behalf.

Essential Products founder and CEO Andy Rubin, who previously…

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