For many of us, meetings are a boring waste of time but technology could soon help make them more interesting and productive (writes BBC Business).
What do you do during a boring meeting? I canvassed some opinions on Twitter and the results were enlightening.
Some people compose haikus, others play meeting bingo, seeing how many pre-agreed words they can chuck in to the conversation. Some secretly check out Grindr on their phones or watch catch-up TV, while others fiddle with their jewellery, doodle, or simply nod off.
What’s frankly worrying – if you’re the meeting holder, that is – surveys show that the vast majority of us confess to doing other things during meetings. And there’s always one person – often a man who loves the sound of his own voice – who drones on and on so no-one else can get a word in edgeways.
Wouldn’t it be fantastic if an artificially intelligent (AI) meeting bot could tell him to shut up? Well, that day may not be too far away.