In a groundbreaking move, Israeli startup "timeOS" has unveiled a cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) technology capable of participating in work meetings as a personal assistant, or even substituting for an attendee who is unable to make it. This development comes in parallel with Google's release of Duet AI, its own AI tool designed for meeting participation. However, unlike Duet AI, timeOS's offering also includes support for the Hebrew language.
Upon joining a meeting in lieu of a user, the timeOS AI notifies other participants about the absence of its operator and explains its role in the meeting. Throughout the discussion, the AI technology deciphers the conversation, regardless of whether it's conducted in English or Hebrew. Post-meeting, it summarizes key points and automatically generates follow-up tasks, attributing each to the relevant participant responsible for its completion.
Beyond acting as a stand-in, the service can also accompany an individual during meetings as a dedicated personal assistant. The AI is programmed to accept and execute tasks. For instance, a user can issue a voice command during the meeting, like, "Add a task for Phil on Monday to send the monthly report." It is noteworthy that the AI currently does not possess decision-making capabilities on behalf of the user nor does it respond to questions directed at the user.
>> timeOS is the only application l've experienced that delivers on the promise of doing the meetings thing well.— Tommy Barav (@tommybarav) August 31, 2023
>> timeOS saves me about half an hour a day
>> I LOVE IT! (yes, all caps was definitely required in this case)
>> Just checking in to say I'm so stoked about the…
Founded initially as "Magical" in 2020, timeOS is helmed by CEO Tommy Barav and CTO Eilon. The company's roots can be traced back to 2018 when Barav, who is 35, created the Facebook community "Supertools - tools for superhumanity." The community, focusing on productivity and technology, has amassed tens of thousands of members.
"We envision that our technology will empower everyone to manage their work lives more efficiently, reclaiming valuable time previously lost to meeting attendance and preparation. This regained time can be better allocated to more critical job tasks or personal and family activities," Barav said in an interview with Israeli media outlet “Mako.”
While the basic AI service is offered at no cost, it does come with a daily limit on AI operations. To bypass these limitations, timeOS provides a premium, paid model for unlimited AI use. Since its inception, the startup has successfully raised $5.7 million in funding from a variety of sources, including Resolute Ventures, Fusion, Ibex Ventures, Aviv Growth Partners, Homeward Ventures, and other private investors.
This initiative is emblematic of the continual advancements in AI technology, demonstrating its increasing utility in facilitating workplace efficiency and effectiveness. As the adoption of such technology grows, it could potentially revolutionize how businesses operate, bringing both opportunities and challenges to the corporate landscape.