The idea for lettergram.net started off as an april fools day joke. I asked myself,
"What would be a strange way to use some of the most advanced artifical intellegence known to man?" -me
My thought was -- "let's mail physical letters to the AI!"
While the morsal of the idea was rooted in a seemingly useless product idea, I began to wonder... Perhaps, there's something more there. I used to be thrilled to go to the mailbox and get letters from our pen pals in grade school. We had a set of students from Argentina we'd exchange with. For all I know now looking back, our teachers could have written them themselves.
What I enjoyed from having a pen pal was the learning aspect(s). We'd discuss various foods we'd eat, how we lived, etc. After contemplation, I thought to myself, this AI pen pal could be something more than a joke. An AI can teach and entertain you as well. I'm imaging my children writing Santa, for instance. Or start letters with an explorer of the new world in 1650. Regardless, when someone is feeling down and it's a fun / good reason to go to the mailbox every day.
Then in February 2023, I lost my job at a startup. I thought to myself, now's as good a time as any. A couple weeks later lettergram.net launched. Ironically, I've been using the lettergram moniker for years, so I already had the website, github handle, etc.
While Lettergram.net's story is still being generated and there's a lot left to do -- I hope you enjoy it. I'm always open to feedback and discussion, as are our pen pals. Maybe it is a successful website, maybe it's a joke. Regardless, I'm enjoying the story.
- Austin Walters, Creator of Lettergram.net