Bosses Deploying AIs in Video Meetings to Lecture Employees for Bad Behavior

Zoom Police AI is here to enforce Zoom etiquette, apparently. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a growing number of companies are using AI bots in video meetings to mediate, transcribe, and — yes — etiquette-check participants who may be lecturing or interrupting others. Often, according to the report, the bots are just silent notetakers, there to either summarize the meeting for someone who can’t be there, or keep minutes for the group. In other cases, though, the bots will pipe up to let speakers know whether they might be droning on a bit too much. “It was like, monologue!” Josh Stir, the senior software development manager for a tax services company, told the WSJ of his experience with a Zoom behavior bot. The AI seemingly thought the software developer was speaking too flatly, urging Stir to raise and lower his pitch in order to maintain the group’s interest. Which, in some cases, might be helpful to a speaker. But as Stir told the newspaper, he’s not a CEO trying to rally his troops; he was in the meeting discussing the technical complexities of enterprise taxware — a task that, by nature, is a pretty monotone deal. “I was like, yes, that’s what I’m here to do,” Stir told the WSJ. “It’s technology for corporate tax software,” he added. “No one’s going to carry me out of the room on their shoulders.” Bad Vibes Unsurprisingly, some folks have found the AIs a bit eerie. “It’s like having a conversation with…Bosses Deploying AIs in Video Meetings to Lecture Employees for Bad Behavior

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