Sooner or later it had to happen, and it has. On August 26, the Chinese company NetDragon Websoftspecialized in videogames and the creation of communities on the Internet, has announced the appointment of Mrs. Tang Yu as the new CEO of its largest subsidiary, Fujian NetDragon Websoft. Nothing unusual, except for the fact that ‘Mrs.’ Tang Yu is actually a humanoid robot powered by artificial intelligence.
As explained by the company itself, the new CEO will make decisions during day-to-day operations and will handle risk management much more effectively. According to the company, Tang Yu’s appointment represents an important milestone in becoming a ‘metaverse organization’.
But not only that, but Tang Yu “will streamline the process flow, improve the quality of work tasks, and improve the speed of execution.” Furthermore, “Tang Yu will also serve as a real-time data center.” Lastly, Tang Yu is expected to “play a critical role in developing talents and ensuring a fair and efficient workplace for all employees.”
According to Dejian Liu, President of NetDragon, “We believe that AI is the future of corporate management, and our appointment of Ms. Tang Yu represents our commitment to truly embrace the use of AI to transform the way we operate our business.” and ultimately drive our future strategic growth.”
Of course, the appointment is only the pfirst step in a long series of milestones which, the company promises, will be fulfilled “over the next few years.”
Looking to the future -continues Deijian Liu-, they will continue to expand the algorithms behind Tang Yu “to create an open, interactive and highly transparent management model as we gradually transform into a metaverse-based community of work, which will allow us to attract a much broader base of talent around the world and put ourselves in a position to achieve ever greater goals.”
What the president of NetDragon does not explain is, for example, how will ‘mrs tang yu’ behave in a union negotiation, or if it will consider workers as mere pieces of a larger machinery, always replaceable or expendable. It would also be interesting to know what the procedure will be for asking the ‘boss’ for a salary increase…