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  • MEDIA COVERAGE - Jobs for the Future
    January 22, 2020

    Talespin | Accelerating Impact with JFFLabs

    Talespin and JFF are working together to drive impact in immersive learning and education. With JFF, the Talespin team will be able to catalyze economic mobility for workers at scale.

    January 20, 2020

    Report Highlights Top VR Innovators for Corporate Trainers to Watch

    JFF profiles 11 companies pioneering VR and other immersive technologies in corporate talent development for frontline and middle-skill workers.

  • PRESS RELEASE - Talespin
    September 19, 2019

    Talespin Announces Expanded XR Software Platform to Help Enterprises Share Knowledge and Build Critical Workforce Skills

    Talespin’s ‘Runway’ Platform to Offer Insurance Industry’s First XR Training Content Library.

  • MEDIA COVERAGE - Wall Street Journal
    August 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 Times
    August 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 - MarketPlace
    August 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 - DailyMail
    August 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.

    August 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 Review
    August 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 Council
    July 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.

    May 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 Reporter
    May 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 America
    May 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 Insurance
    May 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 Technologist
    April 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.

    April 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.

    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.

    March 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 - TechRepublic
    March 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.

    February 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 - VentureBeat
    February 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 - Talespin
    February 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 Journal
    November 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 Live
    November 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.

    July 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.

    November 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.