Lauren Kunze is the CEO of Pandorabots, a leading chatbot platform that powers conversational AI software for developers and top global brands, and its subsidiary ICONIQ, which develops Kuki: an embodied AI BFF and virtual talent that has exchanged over a billion messages with 25 million human fans. She excels at explaining AI and its real world applications to a general audience. Kunze speaks and writes frequently about chatbots, AI, and the Metaverse at conferences like TEDx, Mobile World Congress and SXSW, and for publications like TechCrunch, Quartz, and Venturebeat. Kunze and Pandorabots have been quoted or covered in outlets like the Wall Street Journal, BBC, Guardian, Wired, Quartz, RadioLab, TechCrunch, Reuters, VICE, Vogue, The New Yorker, and New York Times Magazine. She has also written four novels published by HarperCollins and scripts for movies and television shows. She graduated from Harvard with a degree in Literature and Language, and Neuroscience.