By Oisin Sweeney •
Published: 03 Dec 2020 • 19:31
Zoom CEO and founder has seen his company rocket in value during the pandemic - Image Source: Twitter
THE CEO of Zoom has claimed that future users of the platform will be able to experience the physical sensations of handshakes and the smell of coffee.
Speaking at the Web Summit Web Conference, Zoom’s founder and CEO Eric Yuan said that he hopes Artificial Technology will make it possible for users to experience the physical aspects of meetings from the comfort of their own homes.
Predicting that most workers will continue to mostly work from home after the pandemic subsides, Yuan thinks that won’t mean we miss the old traditions of handshakes and morning coffee. ‘The world will become a hybrid workplace, and I think that’s the world we have to embrace’ he says, adding that Covid proved ‘it works’.
Zoom’s value rocketed in 2020 due to the pandemic keeping workers out of offices, and by the end of the year, it’s estimated that a staggering 3 trillion minutes of meetings will have been hosted by the platform. Even Yuan concedes that he himself has experienced the increasingly familiar ‘Zoom fatigue’, having endured 19 meetings in a single day.
He said the company has been forced to ‘evolve as quickly as possible’ to adapt to security issues given the recent surge in gatecrashers entering potentially secretive meetings. Recently, a Dutch journalist managed to enter a Zoom meeting of Europe’s Defense Ministers. Despite its surge in value, Zoom shares dropped dramatically when Pfizer announced their Covid vaccine which could potentially bring an end to the lockdown measures that wrought its success.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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