Sep 12 2023

Decoding Generative AI: Threats and Transformations Ahead

Digital Innovation
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Generative AI

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When you say generative AI, everywhere people are speculating: How can we use AI tools to be more efficient? Can we trust AI to make important decisions? Will AI replace human jobs? 

Well, generative AI has been making waves in recent years, capturing the imagination of people around the world. Unlike other imperceptible AI developments, generative AI applications such as ChatGPT, GitHub, Copilot, Stable, Diffusion, and others have garnered headlines and persuaded consumers and households to experiment on their own. As a technology or business leader, it is imperative to explore emerging technologies that can revolutionize the way businesses operate. One such technology is generative AI, a category of artificial intelligence algorithms that can generate new content based on existing data. In this article, we will explore the potential of generative AI and its impact on business and society. 

According to McKinsey's latest research, generative AI has the potential to add the equivalent of $2.6 trillion to $4.4 trillion annually across the 63 use cases they analyzed. This estimate is significant, considering that the United States’ entire GDP in 2021 was $23 trillion. These statistics highlight the immense value that generative AI can bring to your firm. 

What Is Generative AI? 

Generative AI is a disruptive technology, a type of artificial intelligence that can create new content, such as text, images, audio, videos, code, and simulations, using existing data. By analyzing patterns in the data, generative AI algorithms can generate new outputs in multiple formats. This multi-modal capability makes generative AI a versatile tool for content creation. It renders generative AI as an adaptable instrument for content generation, which effortlessly complements project documentation, concept visualization, and communication, thereby enhancing the potential of project leaders. 

How Does Generative AI Work 

Generative AI works by utilizing machine learning algorithms to analyze large datasets and identify patterns. Once these patterns are identified, generative AI algorithms can generate new content based on them. There are several types of generative AI, each specializing in different content formats: 

  • Text Generation - This type of generative AI can create new text based on existing data. It can be used to generate product descriptions, news articles, or social media posts. 
  • Image Generation - This type of generative AI can create new images based on existing data. It can generate realistic images of products or people. 
  • Audio Generation - This type of generative AI can create new audio based on existing data. It can generate music or voiceovers. 
  • Video Generation - This type of generative AI can create new videos based on existing data. It can generate product demos or training videos.  

AI adopters see more value in using AI-driven automation to free up workers for more creative tasks than in using it to eliminate jobs. 

Generative AI Statistics

Source: Deloitte analysis based on Deloitte AI in the enterprise second edition survey of 1900 AI early adopters across seven countries.

Benefits of Generative AI 

Generative AI offers several benefits for businesses, making it a valuable tool for technology leaders to consider: 

  • Automation of Tasks - Functions like content generation, data analysis, and customer service can be automated, minimizing the necessity for human involvement, and enabling employees to tackle more intricate responsibilities. 
  • Facilitation of Deep Analysis of Complex Data Sets - Analyzes large datasets and identifies trends that would be difficult for humans to detect. 
  • Creation of Synthetic Data for Future AI Models - Creates synthetic data that can be used to train future AI models, reducing the need for substantial amounts of real-world data. 
  • Enabling New Forms of Creation - Generates new forms of content that would be difficult or impossible for humans to create. 

According to McKinsey's report, about 75 percent of the value that generative AI use cases could deliver falls across four areas: customer operations, marketing and sales, software engineering, and R&D. Generative AI can support interactions with customers, generate creative content for marketing and sales, and even draft computer code based on natural-language prompts (NLPs). 

Having said that, it is important to note that generative AI remains predominantly in its developmental stage, necessitating several additional years to establish its definitive role and substantial impact on operational dimensions. In the meantime, the tech landscape and project leaders are contending with the essential task of integrating AI and predictive intelligence into their strategic undertakings. As businesses seek heightened efficiency and a competitive edge in a swiftly changing market, the integration of AI and predictive intelligence emerges as a prospective avenue for organizations to maintain relevance and stay ahead of the competition. This integration will lay the foundation for enterprises to prepare their businesses to successfully leverage generative AI and make the most of it. 

How to Implement Generative AI in Your Firm 

Implementing generative AI in your firm requires careful consideration of several factors: 

  • Getting Started - Identify the right use case for your business and ensure that you have the necessary resources and expertise. 
  • Technical Pathways - Explore different technical pathways for executing a generative AI strategy, such as cloud-based solutions or on-premise solutions. 
  • Costs - Consider the costs and benefits of pursuing generative AI before making investments. 
  • Selecting the Right Use Case - Choose the use case that aligns with your industry, business goals, and available data. 

Generative AI is poised to revolutionize future endeavors, but its successful implementation requires meticulous planning and numerous sub-projects along the way, just like any new initiative. By leveraging a comprehensive project solution, powered by predictive intelligence, organizations can effectively break down large-scale initiatives into smaller projects and monitor their progress. This structured approach empowers your project leaders to excel in tasks such as project documentation, concept visualization, communication, and resource optimization. With the right guidance and warnings at each step, leaders can make course corrections and minimize potential losses, ensuring a smooth and impactful generative AI journey. 

Generative AI Use-Case 

Generative AI Statistics 2

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Generative AI is already being used in various industries, including healthcare, finance, and retail. For instance, in banking, generative AI could deliver value equal to an additional $200 billion to $340 billion annually if the use cases were fully implemented. In retail and consumer packaged goods, the potential impact is also significant, ranging from $400 billion to $660 billion a year. These examples demonstrate the wide-ranging applications and potential economic impact of generative AI. 

  • Accenture - The company is using generative AI to help its clients create smarter business strategies, roadmaps, and operations. Accenture’s clients span across banking, sales, customer service, legal, and other industries and are using the firm’s generative AI services for enhanced search, document summarization, and automated communications. 
  • Nvidia - The company has released its BioNeMo Drug Discovery Cloud Service, which uses large language modeling to advance and speed up drug discovery, protein engineering, and research in genomics, chemistry, biology, and molecular dynamics. 
  • Expedia - The company’s beta ChatGPT-powered travel planner lets users ask questions and get recommendations on travel, lodging, and activities. It also saves suggested hotels and venues through an intelligent shopping feature, so users can recall and easily book recommended lodging. 
  • Shopify - The company offers Shopify Magic to help retailers generate product descriptions and other product-related content with artificial intelligence. 
  • Stripe - The company is using OpenAI's GPT-4 for improved documentation and query management for developers. Users input natural language queries, and GPT-4 responds with concise, user-friendly summaries and essential content extraction. 

Generative AI: Pros and Cons 

Generative AI offers numerous advantages, including increased productivity, automation of tasks, and the creation of new forms of content. However, there are also concerns about generative AI, such as legal, ethical, political, ecological, social, and economic issues. It is important to cautiously consider these issues before implementing generative AI in your firm. 

The Future of Generative AI 

The future of generative AI is promising, with the potential to transform the way we work and augment the capabilities of individual workers. Current generative AI technologies have the potential to automate work activities that absorb 60 to 70 percent of employees' time today. This acceleration in the potential for technical automation is due to generative AI's increased ability to understand natural language, which is required for work activities that account for 25 percent of total work time. As a result, generative AI has a greater impact on knowledge work associated with occupations that have higher wages and educational requirements.  

Generative AI is an unparalleled capability that organizations and individuals need to leverage unequivocally. Leveraging futuristic analytical solutions that provide you with tailored approaches and insights is inevitably important to cut through the noise and focus on what is important. The pace of workforce transformation is likely to accelerate, with estimates suggesting that half of today's work activities could be automated between 2030 and 2060, roughly a decade earlier than previous estimates. This highlights the need for investments to support workers as they shift work activities or change jobs. 

Generative AI has the potential to substantially increase efficiency across the economy. McKinsey estimates that generative AI could enable labor productivity growth of 0.1 to 0.6 percent annually through 2040, depending on the rate of technology adoption and the redeployment of worker time into other activities. When combined with other technologies, work automation could add 0.2 to 3.3 percentage points annually to productivity growth. However, to fully realize these benefits, workers will need support in learning new skills and transitioning to new occupations. 

How You Can Navigate the Generative AI Journey Seamlessly 

In conclusion, the potential unlocked by generative AI is undeniably promising, offering the prospect of transformative changes across various sectors and individual settings. However, the journey towards harnessing the power of generative AI is intricate and multifaceted, demanding the navigation of complex algorithms and the careful execution of numerous incremental initiatives. As organizations strive to actualize their vision of integrating generative AI into their operations, the pivotal challenge lies in ensuring the triumph of each discrete project along the path. To overcome this challenge, predictive intelligence solutions emerge as invaluable tools, providing the means to meticulously monitor and track the progress of these initiatives. One such solution, TrueProject, stands out as a beacon of support, offering predictive intelligence capabilities tailored to oversee and improve project health. By leveraging such tools, companies can pave a smoother path toward the realization of their generative AI aspirations. TrueProject thus assumes a crucial role in enabling businesses to materialize the full potential of generative AI, leading the way toward a future where innovation thrives, and boundaries are transcended. 

More information on TrueProject can be found at www.trueprojectinsight.com    

Tom VillaniAbout the Author:

Serving as the CEO at TrueProject, Tom Villani plays a major role in shaping the company's strategic direction, driving growth, and fostering a culture of innovation. Prior to his role at TrueProject, Tom worked as the Senior Vice President, Digital Innovation of CAI, Vice President of Global Alliances and Partners at Hitachi Vantara, and key senior executive roles with Information Builders, MicroStrategy, and AT&T. Tom also serves in advisory board capacities in the areas of Big Data and IoT.

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