Don't paint your walls with a screwdriver (part 1 of 2)

30 Jun 2023 - Frans Vanhaelewijck

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When you meet people for the first time, it’s typical to express interest in their profession. When I reveal that I’m a software entrepreneur, the usual response is a polite, “Ah, interesting,” even though it’s clear they don’t find it interesting at all.

However, recently, people have started to add comments like, “Oh, yes, ChatGPT is truly remarkable, isn’t it?”

This illustrates a change in attitude. It reminds me of the “iPhone moment” (the launch of the Apple iPhone by Steve Jobs on January 9, 2007). The introduction of the iPhone disrupted not only the smartphone industry, but all of IT. I believe we are witnessing a new significant innovation or transformation in the IT field that will impact society. The general usage of these LLMs will significantly affect worker productivity. I tweeted earlier that we will see the effect of growth curves everywhere next year.

The “ChatGPT moment” in History

The current hype with ChatGPT has a striking resemblance; it’s reshaping our understanding of artificial intelligence and its potential applications. ChatGPT has notably advanced conversational AI and it sparked widespread adoption and transformation across various sectors, from customer service to education.

Not everything that shines is gold.

But many have become skeptical. At first glance, many regarded ChatGPT as a simple novelty — a convenient tool for students or lazy journalists to automate text generation. However, they’re quick to pinpoint its limitations and to illustrate that the technology’s error-prone nature makes it less reliable and trustworthy. What begins as excitement evolves into critique and cynicism.

Why business owners doubt the AI promise.

When talking to business owners, we learned about many more concerns. These owners are afraid to let their employees use ChatGPT for a number of reasons:

What do we learn from all this?

Simple steps towards AI success

Organizations can gain numerous advantages if they adequately prepare for AI integration. Some examples already available today:

As a business owner, don’t wait to be overshadowed in an increasingly AI-driven world. Embark on your AI journey today and fortify your competitive edge for tomorrow.

How to Be Successful When Deploying ChatGPT in Your Organization

See next week’s post on how to use ChatGPT effectively.



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