Will it allow company executives to discuss business issues with an AI?
IBM researchers are working on a new project at the company’s Thomas J. Watson research centre in New York, involving a room where company executives can discuss business issues with a version of artificial intelligent computer system Watson.
MIT Technology Review reported that the system’s ceiling-mounted microphones enable listening for its name and execute commands, all while recording the meeting’s proceedings.
During testing, the super computer provided researchers with a list of companies to acquire, through an internal memo briefing a fake company’s scheme, decision-making algorithms, and a voice command.
Instead of acting just as a notetaker, this version of Watson was able to actively participate in the discussion at hand.
IBM symbiotic cognitive systems director Dario Gil said: "Watson could enhance collective intelligence by facilitating turn taking or by providing a neutral presence that can help prevent groupthink."
IBM’s attempt to integrate a computer system in meetings that can be aware of attendees, follows earlier efforts including the European Union’s attempt to develop ‘meeting browsers’ since 2004.