Midlothian AI startup among companies in latest session of Lighthouse Labs

Ivan Jackson, founder of WriteHuman. (Images courtesy of WriteHuman)
A Midlothian-based startup that enables customers to construct off work created by synthetic intelligence chatbots can be half of the latest group to undergo a long-running native accelerator program.
AI firm WriteHuman, which is designed to take AI-generated textual content from applications corresponding to ChatGPT and put a extra human contact on the writing, is among eight companies chosen to take part in the common accelerator program operated by Lighthouse Labs, the group introduced Thursday.
WriteHuman’s entry into the Lighthouse Labs program comes a number of months after the corporate launched a subscription mannequin for its service.
Founded by JMU grad and Chesterfield County resident Ivan Jackson, WriteHuman primarily makes use of one kind of AI to tweak textual content created by different AI applications which have lately risen in recognition. WriteHuman’s program goals to make the wording much less robotic and extra pure sounding, in addition to to evade instruments to detect AI’s hand in a bit of writing.
Jackson mentioned the startup’s pitch is that its tweaks to AI writing give customers an edge over rivals who rely extra closely on the uncooked output of ChatGPT and related companies.
“You can undoubtedly inform by now what’s AI writing. That doesn’t imply you shouldn’t use AI writing, however use it in a means that’s extra participating and genuine, and that’s what we’re making an attempt to do,” he mentioned. “As (massive language fashions) develop, it’s going to be about differentiation of the content material.”
The program’s safeguards towards AI detection are pitched as a method to protect customers’ privateness and keep away from the stigma of utilizing AI in their writing. Jackson mentioned a typical concern about AI detection among entrepreneurs is that Google might someday resolve to make AI-generated outcomes harder to seek out on its search engine, which Jackson mentioned isn’t presently being achieved so far as he is aware of.
“That concern and that danger is an enormous factor for AI detection. That’s an enormous draw for the web site,” he mentioned.
Jackson mentioned WriteHuman has fewer than 2,000 paid subscribers and 200,000 month-to-month customers. In addition to a number of paid subscription tiers, WriteHuman permits restricted free entry to its service.
He mentioned the service has to this point confirmed fashionable with entrepreneurs in addition to people who find themselves writing in English as their second language.
A month-to-month subscription to WriteHuman ranges from $12 for a fundamental bundle to $48 for the Ultra tier. The subscription tiers provide a various quantity of so-called “humanizer credit” per thirty days, that are expended every time the subscriber tweaks a set quantity of phrases. The fundamental bundle permits a person to expend one of its 80 month-to-month credit to tweak a 600-word block of textual content.
WriteHuman is an AI-powered writing software program meant to enhance upon textual content generated by applications corresponding to Bard and ChatGPT. (Courtesy WriteHuman)
Jackson mentioned he received the thought for WriteHuman in early 2023 amid the explosion of curiosity in ChatGPT and he shortly constructed a program for private use. WriteHuman began its subscription service in late August, following the launch of the web site the prior month.
Jackson, a Midlothian native, graduated from James Madison University with a level in laptop info techniques in 2021. He additionally served as the manager editor of the coed newspaper, the Breeze, an expertise that drove his curiosity in writing and that additionally influenced WriteHuman.
Jackson mentioned he invested greater than $6,000 in startup prices to cowl issues corresponding to promoting and web site internet hosting. He mentioned WriteHuman is worthwhile.
Jackson has dealt with the software program improvement himself up to now. WriteHuman is presently a one-man present, and he hopes his expertise in the Lighthouse Labs accelerator program will give him the know-how to construct a group to additional scale the idea. WriteHuman is presently primarily based at his residence in Midlothian.
Jackson, 25, additionally presently works as a product marketing consultant developer at GCOM Software, an IT firm that provides digital companies to native and state governments.
WriteHuman is the one regionally primarily based idea to be half of the latest Lighthouse Lab class, which is its sixteenth session.
The hybrid program begins March 4 and runs till mid-May, with the primary and final weeks’ applications performed in particular person regionally.
Startups that undergo the 11-week program get $20,000 in equity-free funding, in addition to the accelerator’s weekly instructional programming and mentorship alternatives.
More than 250 startups utilized to be half of the latest cohort, in response to a Lighthouse Labs information launch.
The different companies in this yr’s class are:

– 3D Orthobiologic Solutions, a Herndon-based medical firm that builds 3-D printed implant scaffolds for reconstructive face surgical procedure.
– Billions, an Arlington-based software program firm that provides a platform to handle actual property groups.
– InfraSGA, a Norfolk-based inexperienced infrastructure firm with a modular stormwater runoff construction product.
– KnoNap, an Arlington-based agency that has designed single-use assessments meant to detect the presence of roofies and different medicine in drinks.
– Mindflow, a Nashville-based psychological well being coaching and session agency geared towards student-athletes.
– Nightingale Caring Solutions, a Philadelphia-based healthcare staffing software program firm.
– Phalanx, an Arlington-based information safety firm.


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