Topic: technology at work
Where does AI go next in businesses like yours?
6 minute read
By Ian Tomlin
Today, ‘AI’ has been named the Collins Word of the Year for 2023. It’s clear to us that artificial intelligence will remain a hot topic for the foreseeable future. However, can it be dragged into the ‘one to watch’ folder, or are there steps you should be taking as a business leader now?
I’ve just returned from the late summer conference season, and (no surprise) the conversation has relentlessly pivoted back to AI on most agendas. Of course, this is not the first revolutionary idea to hit the business world, but what makes it arguably different to most is that the march of AI is playing out in homes and schools around the world as much as it is the office and the boardroom.
What we are seeing is widespread curiosity, ambition… and panic.
In this article, I feedback on how the tech industry is building its case for AI, and how business and governmental leaders around the world are reacting.
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Go-forward AI strategies to prepare your business
1. Draw up a list of the biggest challenges/problems (including within your market and business model) that represent a potential influencer opportunity for AI
2. Frame an AI strategy project and bring someone in to lead it
3. Start addressing data and talent shortfall
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