Zoom has introduced two new related artificial intelligence (AI) features into it's platform, AI Companion and AI Summary. These features are generally available to anyone with an SF State Zoom account. In both cases, the feature must be enabled by the meeting host and function very similarly to the recording features already existing within Zoom. AI features cannot be enabled by participants, only the meeting host. Any participants in a meeting where AI tools are enabled will see a prompt indicating AI is being used, similar to when a recording is started. In addition, the meeting will display a star icon in the top left corner, similar to the red dot recording icon when a meeting is being recorded.
AI Companion is a tool built-in to Zoom meetings. When activated by the meeting host, AI Companion allows participants to ask questions, get caught up on meetings if they join late, or see any action items as they come up. This tool is available for meeting hosts to enable in their own meetings, and once enabled, is available to any participant in the meeting. More information on AI Companion can be found on Zoom's AI Companion guide.
AI Summary allows a text summary of a meeting to be generated. This is distinct from a meeting transcript that is generated when a meeting host enables a cloud recording in that it is an AI generated summary of what was said during the meeting. Only a meeting host or co-host can enable a meeting summary, and it is up to the meeting host to distribute the meeting summary to participants, if so desired. More information on AI summary can be found on Zoom's Meeting Summary guide.