Tech Mahindra unveils K2 – an AI-powered HR robot

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Published: June 27, 2019 12:08:34 AM

Tech Mahindra’s K2 Humanoid to add value to the HR function & enhance employee experience.

artificial intelligence, technologyK2 leverages Artificial Intelligence technology and initiates conversation without any need for wake-up commands.

At first look, K2 will remind you of R2-D2 – the hugely popular fictional robot character in the Star Wars franchise created by George Lucas. However, make no mistake; the former is a present-day, very much functional human resource (HR) Humanoid created by Tech Mahindra and deployed at its Noida Special Economic Zone Campus in Uttar Pradesh. Company officials reckon that K2 is a perfect blend of knowledge and kindness, it will take over the routine HR transactions to provide constant assistance to the HR team in creating an enhanced employee experience. Tech Mahindra’s first HR humanoid was introduced in its Hyderabad campus, earlier this month.

K2 leverages Artificial Intelligence technology and initiates conversation without any need for wake-up commands. Keeping in mind the needs of the specially abled, K2 can respond to queries with text display along with speech. It can address general and specific HR-related employee queries as well as handle personal requests for actions like providing payslip, tax forms etc., and will enable the HR team to focus on other important areas for employee development.

Harshvendra Soin, chief people officer, Tech Mahindra, said, “In today’s digital era, the changing talent landscape is making it imperative for organisations to not just be customer focused, but more ‘human experience’ centric. At Tech Mahindra, we are focused on leveraging technology to further enhance human experiences by making them more personalised and meaningful. K2 has been designed to add value to the employee lifecycle across various touch points and ready ourselves to be a workplace of the future. We believe the future will be more human than we think.”

Tech Mahindra plans to deploy the next Humanoid in its Pune campus following the NSEZ campus and will further enable K2 software for an enhanced engagement with improved communication skills to carry out empathetic conversations from associate’s wellness perspective. The firm will also enable it to leverage mobility and spatial awareness to engage with associates rather than just keeping it unidirectional.

Tech Mahindra has already implemented an AI-based facial recognition system to register the attendance of employees that has drastically reduced the time spent by an associate in updating the timesheet. Recently, it also launched Talex – the world’s first AI-driven marketplace of talent that maps skills of the existing talent pool.

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