ISU professor speaking this week at webinar about AI research
Business Record Staff Feb 21, 2023 | 10:21 am
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Lingyao “Ivy” Yuan, an Iowa State University assistant professor of information systems and business analytics, is speaking at a webinar this week about a Harvard Business Review article she co-wrote about the emergence of digital humans. Digital humans are AI-powered virtual human-like beings capable of conversation. Yuan has been researching digital humans for the last seven years and wrote the article with colleagues to outline what companies should consider when thinking about making digital humans digital employees. “As we’re seeing with ChatGPT, new tech can be a disruptor,” Yuan said in a news release. “Companies need to discuss potential impacts and unintended outcomes before jumping into the decision of implementing digital humans. My colleagues and I want to be part of the discussion. We want to provide our insights on the future direction of AI.” Yuan and her colleagues outlined four categories of digital humans in the Harvard Business Review article: virtual agents, virtual assistants, virtual influencers and virtual companions. The article, “AI with a human face: The case for – and against – digital employees,” is available to download at a cost at this link. The webinar is Thursday at 3:30 p.m., and registration is available through Indiana University.