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AI-Based Digital Assistants : Opportunities, Threats, and Research Perspectives

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Mädche, Alexander ; Legner, Christine ; Benlian, Alexander ; Berger, Benedikt ; Gimpel, Henner ; Hess, Thomas ; Hinz, Oliver ; Morana, Stefan ; Söllner, Matthias:
AI-Based Digital Assistants : Opportunities, Threats, and Research Perspectives.
In: Business & Information Systems Engineering. Vol. 61 (2019) Issue 4 . - pp. 535-544.
ISSN 1867-0202
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12599-019-00600-8

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Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming omnipresent; it
permeates our work and private lives in many areas. A key
area of application is AI-based digital assistants, which are
now becoming available in large numbers and a wide
variety of usage scenarios. Research into AI-based digital
assistants has a long history, dating back to Joseph
Weizenbaum’s well-known ELIZA in 1966. In parallel,
global technology companies such as Microsoft, IBM,
Google, and Amazon have been working intensi vely for
decades on advancing AI-based digital assistants and have
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming omnipresent; it
permeates our work and private lives in many areas. A key
area of application is AI-based digital assistants, which are
now becoming available in large numbers and a wide
variety of usage scenarios. Research into AI-based digital
assistants has a long history, dating back to Joseph
Weizenbaum’s well-known ELIZA in 1966. In parallel,
global technology companies such as Microsoft, IBM,
Google, and Amazon have been working intensi vely for
decades on advancing AI-based digital assistants and have
Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming omnipresent; it permeates our work and private lives in many areas. A key area of application is AI-based digital assistants, which are now becoming available in large numbers and a wide variety of usage scenarios. Research into AI-based digital assistants has a long history, dating back to Joseph Weizenbaum’s well-known ELIZA in 1966. In parallel, global technology companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Google, and Amazon have been working intensively for decades on advancing AI-based digital assistants and have recently made them suitable for the mass market. Empowered by recent advances in AI, these assistants are becoming part of our daily lives. We are observing the ever-growing usage of various digital assistants, for instance, voice-based assistants such as Amazon Alexa, or text-based assistants (chatbots), such as those embedded in Facebook Messenger. It is foreseen that AI-based digital assistants will become a key element in the future of work. Today’s enterprise communication platforms such as Slack or Microsoft Teams already provide many different bot types to augment work, and Gartner (2019) predicts that by 2021, one-quarter of all digital workers will use a virtual employee assistant daily.


This discussion section follows a panel at the Interna-
tional Conference on Wirtschafts informatik in March 2019
in Siegen (WI 2019) and presents different perspectives on
AI-based digital assistants. It sheds light on (1) application
areas, opportunities, and threats as well as (2) the BISE
community’s roles in the field of AI-based digital assistants.
The different authors’ contributions emphasize that BISE,
as a socio-technical discipline, must address the designs and
the behaviors of AI-based digital assistants as well as their
interconnections. They have identified multiple research
opportunities to deliver descriptive and prescriptive
knowledge, thereby actively shaping future interact ions
between users and AI-based digital assistants. We trust that
these inputs will lead BISE researchers to take active roles
and to contribute an IS perspective to the academic and the
political discourse about AI-based digital assistants.

This discussion section follows a panel at the International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik in March 2019in Siegen (WI 2019) and presents different perspectives on AI-based digital assistants. It sheds light on (1) application areas, opportunities, and threats as well as (2) the BISE community’s roles in the field of AI-based digital assistants. The different authors’ contributions emphasize that BISE, as a socio-technical discipline, must address the designs and the behaviors of AI-based digital assistants as well as their interconnections. They have identified multiple research opportunities to deliver descriptive and prescriptive knowledge, thereby actively shaping future interactions between users and AI-based digital assistants. We trust that these inputs will lead BISE researchers to take active roles and to contribute an IS perspective to the academic and the political discourse about AI-based digital assistants

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: No
Keywords: Artificial Intelligence; Künstliche Intelligenz
Institutions of the University: Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Result of work at the UBT: No
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 09:12
Last Modified: 01 Aug 2019 09:12
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/51715