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Apr 02, 2021

Comment: When a machine is listening, CEOs talk differently

Public companies are reshaping the style, sentiment and emotion of their disclosure in response to the rise of AI
The annual report provides an opportunity for public companies to communicate their financial health, promote their culture and brand, and engage with a full spectrum of stakeholders. More and more companies are realizing that the target audience for disclosure is no longer just human analysts and investors, but also robots and algorithms that process information and recommend what shares to buy and sell. Indeed, machine downloads of corporate annual and quarterly filings have increased exponentially,

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Alan Zhang

PhD student, J Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Baozhong Yang

Associate professor of finance, J Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Sean Cao

Assistant professor of accounting, J Mack Robinson College of Business at Georgia State University

Wei Jiang

Professor of free and competitive enterprise at Columbia Business School