Jackson Karel

San Francisco, California, US

Conversation Designer and Chatbot Developer
Jackson's Skills
User Experience Design
Political Science

Startup Experience

First time founder

Age Group


About Jackson

I am making a chatbot/intelligent tutoring system called Skepticbot that debates with users about topics like philosophy, politics, economics, etc. using the Socratic method. At the moment, the chatbot is a work-in-progress/ proof of concept.

Skepticbot challenges users’ claims and arguments by presenting opposing views, arguments, and skeptical questions. Currently, Skepticbot is a rule-based chatbot developed using the free version of IBM Watson Assistant. I am now in the process of migrating Skepticbot to Rasa, so that I can make use of an open-source machine learning framework. I'm looking for collaborators and cofounders interested in conversational/dialectical AI, especially those with an NLP background.



The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed the world is ruled by little else. Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist. Madmen in authority, who hear voices in the air, are distilling their frenzy from some academic scribbler of a few years back. - John Maynard Keynes


Oberlin College


2014 - 2018


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