Artificial intelligence meets is researchers: Can it replace us?

Claudia Loebbecke, Omar A. El Sawy, Atreyi Kankanhalli, M. Lynne Markus, Dov Te'eni, Stefan Wrobel, Pernille Rydén, Astrid Obeng-Antwi

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Given we live in an era with accelerating digitization and rapid advances in artificial intelligence (AI), AI may eventually automate more job tasks. However, researchers have scarcely if at all critically analyzed how AI will automate such tasks and what professions it will automate more than others. Some studies suggest that AI cannot conduct highly creative and knowledge-intensive tasks. Yet, AI algorithms have generated creative art pieces that even art critics could not distinguish from human-drawn paintings. As IS (and most other) researchers, we pride ourselves on our work’s scarcity, novelty, and creativity. In this context, we report on a panel at the 40th International Conference for Information Systems that debated whether AI can and will replace our major activity, IS research, or even IS researchers themselves.

Original languageEnglish
Article number13
Pages (from-to)273-283
Number of pages11
JournalCommunications of the Association for Information Systems
StatePublished - 2020


  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Automation
  • Information Systems (IS) Research


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