Zoom’s CEO Wants To Use AI to Create Digital Clones Capable of Representing Yourself in Meetings

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Zoom Video Communications, Inc., commonly known as Zoom, has the CEO coming out with quite a bold idea when it comes to AI taking meetings for you.

Founded in 2011 by Eric Yuan, a Chinese-American entrepreneur with a background in engineering, Zoom has rapidly ascended to prominence, particularly amid the global shift towards remote work and virtual collaboration.

Yuan, the CEO of Zoom, recently unveiled an ambitious vision aimed at revolutionizing the traditional work landscape. In an interview with The Verge, he disclosed plans for the development of “digital-twin technology,” a groundbreaking concept that could potentially alleviate the burdens of endless meetings and overflowing email inboxes.

“I can send a digital version of myself to join so I can go to the beach,” Yuan, 54, revealed to The Verge, highlighting the potential of this innovative approach to liberate professionals from the confines of traditional work obligations.

The realization of this vision hinges significantly on advancements in artificial intelligence (AI), according to Yuan. Leveraging AI capabilities, Zoom aims to streamline routine tasks such as making phone calls, attending meetings, and managing emails, thereby enhancing productivity and facilitating a more balanced work-life equilibrium.

“Today we all spend a lot of time…very busy,” Yuan emphasized. “How [do we] leverage AI, how do we leverage Zoom Workplace, to fully automate that kind of work? That’s something that is very important for us.”

While the prospect of AI-driven automation holds immense promise, Yuan acknowledged that the technology is still in its nascent stages and cautioned against premature expectations. He underscored the indispensable role of real-time human interaction, emphasizing the value of face-to-face engagement and fostering meaningful connections.


“AI probably can help for maybe 90 percent of the work, but in terms of real-time interaction, today, you and I are talking online,” Yuan elucidated. “So, I can send my digital version — you can send your digital version.”

Despite the potential of AI to reshape the future of work, Yuan emphasized the irreplaceable nature of human connection and interpersonal dynamics. He envisaged a future where AI complements, rather than supplants, human interactions, enriching professional experiences while preserving personal connections.

“I think in a few years, we’ll get there, but we’re just at the beginning,” Yuan remarked, signaling a trajectory towards a more integrated and harmonious coexistence of AI-driven automation and human-centric engagement in the workplace.

As Zoom continues to pioneer innovative solutions and redefine the dynamics of virtual collaboration, Eric Yuan’s vision underscores the company’s commitment to empowering individuals and organizations to thrive in an increasingly digital landscape.

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