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Monday, July 17, 2023

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

Considering the future....

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

By The New York Times, July 10, 2023

On the other hand, using generative A.I. in workplaces has risks.

Tech companies are racing to introduce products for businesses that incorporate generative A.I.

Credit: Madeline McMahon

Earlier this year, Mark Austin, the vice president of data science at AT&T, noticed that some of the company's developers had started using the ChatGPT chatbot at work. When the developers got stuck, they asked ChatGPT to explain, fix or hone their code.

It seemed to be a game-changer, Mr. Austin said. But since ChatGPT is a publicly available tool, he wondered if it was secure for businesses to use.

So in January, AT&T tried a product from Microsoft called Azure OpenAI Services that lets businesses build their own A.I.-powered chatbots. AT&T used it to create a proprietary A.I. assistant, Ask AT&T, which helps its developers automate their coding process. AT&T's customer service representatives also began using the chatbot to help summarize their calls, among other tasks.

"Once they realize what it can do, they love it," Mr. Austin said. Forms that once took hours to complete needed only two minutes with Ask AT&T so employees could focus on more complicated tasks, he said, and developers who used the chatbot increased their productivity by 20 to 50 percent.

From The New York Times

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