How AI can make meetings smarter — ComputerWorld

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If you watched Iron Man, you may remember JARVIS — Tony Stark’s intelligent assistant. Machines as smart as that remain in the realm of science fiction, but I’ve identified several iOS-compatible tools that can put some real-world artificial intelligence (AI) inside your next meeting.

By rights, the pandemic should have inspired a rapid evolution in "Meeting AI." Cisco sees the space as a five-stage process, with voice control morphing to semantic understanding and predictive intelligence as the sector evolves.

Think of it this way: you might be in a hybrid meeting, featuring a mix of in-person and remote speakers. How might AI augment that environment?

Here are a few ideas of how this might work, some of the solutions already available, and a few ideas as to how this technology may evolve.

First up, voice control. We’re kind of already there on that one. It’s already possible to use Siri to schedule meetings, invite others to meetings, send emails and more. You can also build Siri shortcuts to launch and join Zoom or WebEx meetings and more.

While this is relatively useful, it’s not precisely cutting-edge stuff — and I don’t think it really taxes the Neural Engine Apple has put inside its chips, though it is good to know that in iOS 15 the request should be handled entirely on the device.

Of course, meetings these days are best set up using Doodle, to establish availability.