Written by: Joshua Klumper
My Linkedin and Medium feed is filled with A.I. conversations that I enjoy to read. Unfortunately, most people and their respective companies aren’t ready for A.I..
There is no reason to feel bad, its the truth. If you don’t currently have a team looking into innovations for your company, you’re probably a little behind.
Perhaps you would you like to hire an A.I. engineer to come and work for your company directly? Good luck. Amazon and Alphabet have been having trouble recruiting A.I. developers because there isn’t enough to go around. If Amazon and Alphabet are having a hard time, with posh salary packages, stock options and bring your dog to work day, it will be difficult to build your own team.
Your backend is likely not ready or optimized to handle the demands of A.I.. One of the pieces that seems to be left out of most articles and conversations is that A.I. APIs are not usually “plug and play”. It requires analytics, document management, cognitive crawlers and hardware that is connected and correct.
Imagine going to a library with 1 million books but a ladder than can only reach 100,000 books. Hardware, clean data and analytics are a major part of any A.I. project.
No, A.I. experts do not exist. Anyone who tells you they’re an expert, walk away. The artificial intelligence journey is moving forward but there is still an incredible amount of work to be done. The top A.I. engineers are learning new pathways and answers everyday, there is still a long road ahead. If there were actually A.I. experts, who know everything about it, they would be trillionaires and we would all have A.I. butlers making sassy remarks.
Is your business culture capable of handling change? Even able to discuss it? IT and Line of Business executives need to be on the same page with regards to A.I.. Companies that still operate in silos where no one will vary from their lane, are not able to handle an A.I. application in their business.
Facts are that more companies are growing in the A.I. space. You will be receiving more and more sales calls regarding artificial intelligence and it will keep coming up in your social feeds. If you are interested in learning what A.I. applications can do for you, ask those companies for a P.O.C. and find out if it can help.
Artificial intelligence is coming down the line and you should learn more about how it will change your company, just remember that there is substantially more to it than plugging in a USB.