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Integrating Artificial Intelligence in Business: A Roadmap for Employee Education

PLUS: OpenAI's new update for GPT-4


Today we discuss how Salesforce is implementing AI education to train its employees

We also highlight major tech companies partnering with the U.S. Government to promote ethical AI use

Let’s get to it!


Integrating Artificial Intelligence in Business: A Roadmap for Employee Education

The integration of artificial intelligence into business processes is not just a technological upgrade but a paradigm shift in how we work. To utilize AI most efficiently in business applications, it's clear that educating employees about AI is paramount. This week’s use case draws upon insights from Salesforce to explore the necessary skills, strategies, and real-world examples of successful AI integration in businesses.

The Essential Skills for AI Utilization:

According to Salesforce, a significant number of workers lack the skills needed to leverage AI effectively. To utilize AI at its highest value, employees need a blend of technical and soft skills. Data management, critical thinking, and problem-solving stand out as essential skills. As Salesforce Chief Ethical and Humane Use Officer Paula Goldman puts it, “AI does all its work by analyzing your data, so the data needs to be complete and accurate”. This underscores the importance of understanding AI's data-driven nature and fostering skills to manage and interpret this data effectively.

Salesforce's Trailhead program is a testament to the importance of continuous learning in the AI era. The program highlights roles like AI compliance managers and security managers, focusing on ethical AI applications and security. These roles illustrate the need for specialized skills in managing AI technology.

Salesforce emphasizes the significance of roles that didn't exist a few years ago. “With all of these new AI jobs emerging, it’s time to embrace training and start playing around with the free tools at your disposal”.

What an AI-Educated Staff Looks Like: An educated AI staff is versatile, adaptable, and ethical in their approach. They are not just operators of AI tools but critical thinkers who can discern the appropriate application of AI in various business scenarios.

For instance, Salesforce’s AI-educated staff can be seen in roles such as ‘Stitchers,’ who use AI to combine a range of skills into one workflow, or ‘Workflow Optimizers,’ who use AI to increase overall efficiency.

Examples of AI Integration in Business:

  1. Task Automation: AI can automate routine and repetitive tasks across various departments. This includes tasks like scheduling, data entry, and basic customer queries, which can significantly free up employee time for more strategic work.

  2. Enhanced Data Processing: AI can quickly process and analyze large volumes of data. This capability is useful for businesses in generating insights from customer data, market trends, or internal performance metrics, leading to more informed decision-making.

  3. Improved Efficiency in Operations: AI applications can optimize various operational processes. This includes inventory management in retail, workflow management in service industries, and resource allocation in project management, resulting in cost savings and enhanced productivity.

  4. Predictive Analysis: AI can be used to predict outcomes based on historical data. For instance, it can forecast sales trends, potential supply chain disruptions, or even employee turnover, allowing businesses to proactively prepare and respond.

  5. Enhancing Customer Experience: AI can personalize customer experiences by learning from customer interactions and preferences. This is applicable in sectors like e-commerce, hospitality, or services, where personalized recommendations or services can lead to increased customer satisfaction and loyalty.

The journey to a fully AI-educated business staff is continuous and evolving. It requires a commitment to learning and adapting new skills, understanding the ethical implications of AI, and being open to new roles and responsibilities that AI brings into the workplace. Salesforce's approach, highlighted through its Trailhead program, provides a blueprint for businesses aiming to navigate this journey successfully.


Nvidia, Microsoft, Google, and Others Partner with US Government on AI Research Program (🔗 link)

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced a collaborative effort with leading tech companies to launch the National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource (NAIRR) pilot program. This initiative aims to provide researchers and educators across the nation access to advanced AI technologies, ensuring the US maintains its leading position in AI research and innovation.

Tech giants like Amazon, Anthropic, Hugging Face, IBM, Intel, Meta, Microsoft, Nvidia, OpenAI, and Palantir are part of this two-year pilot program. They will be joined by federal agencies such as DARPA, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, NASA, the National Institutes of Health, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the Department of Agriculture.

The NAIRR pilot, a product of President Biden’s AI executive order, is seen as a foundational step towards a collaborative framework between the government and the private sector for advancing AI technologies. The program is designed to democratize AI resources, which have become concentrated and less accessible, especially to smaller colleges and rural institutions. It will function as a shared national infrastructure providing the necessary hardware, models, and resources to propel the AI ecosystem.

OpenAI Drops Prices and Fixes 'Lazy' GPT-4 (🔗 link)

OpenAI has announced several updates to its models and pricing. The changes are significant for developers and hint at future directions for consumer applications. The GPT-3.5 Turbo model, widely used through ChatGPT, has seen a reduction in input and output prices. This price drop makes AI more accessible for text-heavy applications and keeps OpenAI competitive as open-source models gain traction.

Additionally, a new version of GPT-3.5 Turbo, version 0125, includes unspecified improvements. GPT-4 Turbo has also been updated with a new preview model addressing issues like incomplete task execution, humorously referred to as "laziness." GPT-4 Turbo with vision is set for general availability in the coming months.

OpenAI also introduced new text embedding models and an updated free moderation API to identify potentially harmful text. These updates reflect OpenAI's ongoing efforts to enhance the performance and accessibility of their AI models.

Pivot from Cryptocurrency Mining to Generative AI (🔗 link)

With the surge in generative AI, there's an unprecedented demand for computing power, leading companies once focused on cryptocurrency mining to pivot towards AI. Nvidia likened GPUs to rare earth metals essential for AI operations, and a report by Schneider Electric highlighted the significant energy requirements of AI hardware.

To meet the growing need for GPUs, Nvidia announced a production increase, while Microsoft and Oracle partnered for Bing Chat AI's computing power. Hive Blockchain, a Canadian company, rebranded to Hive Digital Technologies, shifting focus from cryptocurrency mining to AI. Similarly, Iris Energy, a data center company, emphasized its commitment to “power-dense computing” with renewable energy sources.

The market transition is fueled by the increasing value of AI, with companies like Iris Energy and Hive Blockchain exploring the potential of AI alongside their existing cryptocurrency operations. This shift indicates a broader trend in the tech industry, where companies adapt to the evolving technological landscape, leveraging existing resources and expertise to capitalize on new opportunities like generative AI.

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