Rikki Jørgensen
1 week ago

AI avatars to replace humans in Zoom meetings, says CEO Eric Yuan


Zoom's founder and CEO, Eric Yuan, is forecasting a future where AI-powered digital avatars could attend meetings on behalf of employees, allowing for shorter workweeks.

This visionary concept was shared during an interview with The Verge's editor-in-chief, Nilay Patel. Yuan believes that utilizing AI in this manner could revolutionize the way people work, enabling them to balance their professional and personal lives more effectively.

As reported by AV Magazine, Yuan discussed the potential of 'digital twins'—AI-driven avatars that could not only participate in meetings but also make decisions, manage emails, and handle various routine tasks. He envisions a scenario where individuals could deploy these avatars to maintain productivity without the constant need to be physically present in every meeting.

Yuan suggested that this approach could lead to a significant reduction in the traditional five-day workweek, proposing the possibility of working fewer days without compromising on efficiency or output. "Why do we need to work five days a week?" he questioned. "In the future, maybe we only need to work four or even three days." This shift, he argues, would give people more time to engage in creative activities, spend time with family, and contribute to their communities.

The concept of digital twins extends beyond just attending meetings. Yuan highlighted that each person could have multiple avatars tailored to different tasks. For instance, an avatar designed with enhanced negotiation skills could represent someone in a sales meeting. The goal is to make these avatars versatile and capable of handling various professional scenarios effectively.

While the technology for fully functional digital twins is not yet available, Yuan is optimistic that it could be developed within the next five to six years. He emphasized that Zoom is already integrating AI into its platform with features like the Zoom AI Companion, which provides tools such as meeting summaries that users have found highly accurate and useful.

Despite the advances in AI, Yuan acknowledged that in-person interactions remain irreplaceable. The physical presence for activities like handshakes and hugs retains its unique value. Nevertheless, he is confident that AI can greatly enhance productivity and work-life balance by taking over many routine tasks.

Zoom aims to expand its offerings beyond videoconferencing, positioning itself as a comprehensive collaboration platform. Yuan expressed a desire to compete with giants like Microsoft and Google by integrating tools such as documents, email, and chat into Zoom's suite of services.


The information provided by this Site is for general informational purposes only. All information on the Site is provided in good faith, however we make no representation or warranty of any kind, express or implied, regarding the accuracy, adequacy, validity, reliability, availability or completeness of any information on the Site.

More News

5 hours ago Federal Reserve Sees Progress on Inflation, Adjusts Rate Cut Expectations The Federal Reserve has adjusted its forecast for rate cuts this year, citing persistent inflation despite recent progress. High borrowing costs are expected to linger, impacting consumers and the broader economy.
6 hours ago Bitcoin Holds Steady as Fed Maintains Interest Rates: A Sign of Economic Caution In a cautious move, the U.S. Federal Reserve opted to keep interest rates unchanged, causing Bitcoin to hold its ground. Read more about the economic implications and market responses here: "The Committee judges that the risks to achieving its employment and inflation goals have moved toward better balance over the past year."
9 hours ago High-Stakes Showdown: Tesla Shareholders Decide on Elon Musk’s $56B Pay Package Tesla shareholders are set to cast their votes on Elon Musk's controversial $56 billion compensation package, a decision that could have far-reaching consequences for the company.
12 hours ago USDMXN: A Golden Opportunity USDMXN: A Golden Opportunity Amid Mexican Election Sell-Off, Says Steno Research Analyst
1 day ago EU's New Tariffs on Chinese EVs Hit Tesla and BYD Stocks! Tesla (TSLA) and BYD (1211) Stocks Plummet After EU Tariff Announcement
1 day ago Macro Mondays: Escaping the TRAP of Sideways Markets Andreas Steno, Mikkel Rosenvold And Mads Eberhardt talk macro and crypto
1 day ago EU launches trade war with China In a bold move that has sent ripples through global markets, the European Union has effectively launched a trade war against China. This decision, announced just three days after the European Parliament elections, raises significant questions about the influence and timing of the EU’s legislative body.
1 day ago July Bloodbath: Metals Set for Major Crash? Brace yourselves for a tumultuous July in the metals market! Industry experts are sounding the alarm as cluster risks in metals like gold, silver, and copper threaten a significant downturn. Here's why July could spell disaster for metal investors.
1 day ago 5 Stories To Invest in for Emerging Markets 5 Stories that might interest you if you're into investing in Emerging Markets