MEDIA COVERAGE - Wall Street JournalAugust 29, 2019
Want to Protect Your Job? VR Training Can Help
If you want to avoid being replaced at work by a machine, the first step might be strapping one firmly to your face.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Los Angeles TimesAugust 27, 2019
Barry sobbed as he begged me not to fire him. I canned him anyway, over and over
That emotional realism is what separates virtual reality from all the other tools for teaching interpersonal skills in the workplace, from pamphlets and role-playing workshops to interactive tutorials.
MEDIA COVERAGE - MarketPlaceAugust 21, 2019
Businesses tap virtual reality to train workers
Farmers’ program was created by a startup called Talespin, which is now working on training to improve soft skills — those involving emotional intelligence — by developing artificially intelligent virtual humans to interact with.
MEDIA COVERAGE - DailyMailAugust 15, 2019
You're fired . . . again: HR managers practice technique on ultra-realistic 'Barry' the VR employee who is sacked over and over again
Employers can now practice laying off an ultra-realistic, AI-powered virtual employee in order to develop their soft skills before they have to fire someone in real life.
MEDIA COVERAGE - CNETAugust 15, 2019
VR lets you fire a virtual employee to practice doing it for real
Barry the virtual man looks so realistic you'll really feel for him as you lower the ax. And that's the point.
MEDIA COVERAGE - MIT Technology ReviewAugust 9, 2019
You can now practice firing someone in virtual reality
Meet Barry: his sole purpose in life is to listen patiently, and then protest or sob a little as you fire him from an imaginary job in virtual reality.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Forbes Technology CouncilJuly 9, 2019
Everyone's Talking About The Future Of Work -- Here's What It Will Really Look Like
The future of work has become somewhat of a buzz term, but fundamentally, it’s about how technology will impact the experiences offered by organizations, both internally to their employees and externally to their customers.
MEDIA COVERAGE - AI LAMay 18, 2019
Future of work @Google AI LA livestream
We are proud to be partnering with Google again to discuss the Future of Work and how artificial intelligence and robotics will disrupt the workplace, but also create new opportunities. It's not a dystopian future as depicted in entertainment or the press.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Insurance Innovation ReporterMay 3, 2019
Farmers Insurance Works with Talespin on ‘Virtual Human’ Training Applications
The insurer is expanding an existing relationship by working with the XR solutions vendor to simulate critical workplace conversations to help employees practice key interpersonal skills.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Insurance Business AmericaMay 2, 2019
Farmers teams up with VR company for training program
Farmers Insurance has announced a partnership with Talespin, a company that provides virtual reality and augmented reality products for businesses, to develop a VR training curriculum that focuses on simulating workplace conversations to help employees practice key interpersonal skills.
PRESS RELEASE - Farmers InsuranceMay 1, 2019
Farmers Insurance® and Talespin Announce Collaboration on Leadership and Communication Skills Training with AI-Powered Virtual Human Technology
Farmers Insurance has announced the development of a virtual human training program in collaboration with Talespin, the leading developer of enterprise XR solutions.
MEDIA COVERAGE - HR TechnologistApril 22, 2019
How AR and VR are Revolutionizing Soft Skills Training in 2019
With 67 percent of recruiters withholding offers due to a lack of soft skills, organizations must rethink their approach to soft-skills training.
MEDIA COVERAGE - AdweekApril 10, 2019
A Small But Growing Startup Scene Is Exploring Uses for Digital Human Avatars
Talespin is one of a small but growing number of startups exploring how semi-realistic human avatars, sometimes powered by basic forms of artificial intelligence, might be put to work in simple business contexts that otherwise take a certain touch of human personality.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Inc.March 7, 2019
How New Technology Can Improve Your Emotional Intelligence (and Make You a Better Human)
The future of EQ development and improved interpersonal interaction ironically might lie with machines.
MEDIA COVERAGE - HRDriveMarch 5, 2019
VR tool uses virtual humans for soft skills training
Soft skills are increasingly being viewed as a potential indicator of job fitness and have therefore become a key area of learning efforts for businesses in recent years.
MEDIA COVERAGE - TechRepublicMarch 1, 2019
Can you use AR and VR to teach employees soft skills?
AR and VR can help improve employee training simulations on soft skills by delivering realistic human speech, body language, and mannerisms, according to Talespin.
MEDIA COVERAGE - WiredFebruary 28, 2019
Boss Acting Nicer Recently? You May Have VR to Thank
New advances in virtual humans are making corporate training incredibly lifelike, a little bit awkward—and hopefully a lot more human.
MEDIA COVERAGE - VentureBeatFebruary 28, 2019
Talespin’s virtual human platform uses VR and AI to teach employees soft skills
Training employees how to perform specific tasks isn’t difficult, but building their soft skills — their interactions with management, fellow employees, and customers — can be more challenging, particularly if there aren’t people around to practice with. Virtual reality training company Talespin announced today that it is leveraging AI to tackle that challenge, using a new “virtual human platform” to create realistic simulations for employee training purposes.
PRESS RELEASE - TalespinFebruary 28, 2019
New Virtual Human Technology from Talespin Leverages VR and AI for Teaching 'Soft Skills'
First platform demo simulates HR use case, tasks trainees with firing virtual character "Barry"
MEDIA COVERAGE - Los Angeles Business JournalNovember 23, 2018
Training Wheels: Talespin Uses VR to Help Companies Train Employees
Headquartered in Culver City, Talespin develops virtual and augmented reality applications for employee training.
MEDIA COVERAGE - Bloomberg LiveNovember 7, 2018
The Next Reality: Understanding the Possibilities of Augmented Intelligence
Augmented Reality technology is transforming the manufacturing industry by allowing us interact with complex data in more natural and understandable ways than ever before. Bloomberg’s Michael Sasso talks with Kyle Jackson, Talespin Founder and CEO, Ash Eldritch, Vital Enterprises CEO and Co-Founder and Ben Reed, Microsoft’s Director of Mixed Reality in the Business Applications Group about what types of data companies are capturing and how this technology will shape the next decade at Bloomberg’s Future of Manufacturing conference in Atlanta on October 25, 2018.
MEDIA COVERAGE - CIOJuly 31, 2018
Farmers Insurance scales training with virtual reality
Farmers Insurance Group leverages VR to accelerate the training of its claims adjusters by giving them the opportunity to experience thousands of scenarios.
MEDIA COVERAGE - ForbesNovember 5, 2017
Farmers Insurance Is Using Virtual Reality To Transform Its Employee Training
With the help of software built by VR company Talespin, Farmers can now use six different floor plans and 500 different damage scenarios, leading to thousands of different training experiences.