Technologies like ChatGPT, GitHub Copilot, and Stable Diffusion have paved the way for the integration of AI applications into various products and services that we use daily. While AI has gradually permeated our lives, its progress has often gone unnoticed. It has quietly found its way into our smartphones, autonomous driving features, and retail tools, subtly enhancing our experiences.
However, the recent wave of generative AI tools, such as ChatGPT, has captured the imagination of people worldwide. These tools offer broad utility, allowing almost anyone to use them for communication and creativity. While these applications can perform routine tasks like data organization and classification, it is their capacity to write text, compose music, and create digital art that has made headlines and enticed individuals and households to experiment with them.
Generative AI has witnessed remarkable advancements, and the rapid influx of investments reflects the swift development of its capabilities. Progression from ChatGPT to GPT-4 just took OpenAI four months. GPT-4 showcased significant improvements, highlighting the accelerated pace of innovation in large language models (LLMs. Within a span of two months, Anthropic’s generative AI system, Claude increased its text processing capability from 9,000 tokens to 100,000 tokens, equivalent to an average novel. Just recently, in May 2023, Google unveiled new features of the Search Generative Experience and introduced a new LLM named PaLM 2, which would power its Bard chatbot and various other Google products. These developments exemplify the widespread integration of generative AI across different industries and services.
Let’s see how Generative AI is expected to impact different aspects of diverse industries ranging from customer interactions to complex technological developments.
By leveraging digital self-service and augmenting agent skills, generative AI can significantly enhance the customer experience and boost agent productivity. Generative AI has the capability to reduce the volume of human-serviced contacts by up to 50 percent, depending on the level of existing automation within a company. This can be achieved through various means:
By leveraging generative AI in customer operations, companies can automate a significant portion of customer inquiries, reduce response times, drive sales, and improve the overall quality of customer service. The technology has the potential to transform customer care processes and create more efficient and satisfying experiences for both customers and agents. It is estimated that the value generated from leveraging generative AI in customer care could range from 30 to 45 percent of the current costs associated with the function.
Generative AI can unleash 30-45% boost in productivity of customer care functions.
Pharmaceutical and Medical-Product Industries
Implementation of generative AI has the potential to make a significant impact on the pharmaceutical and medical-product industries, with estimated annual value ranging from $60 billion to $110 billion. This high potential stems from the resource-intensive nature of the drug discovery process. Pharmaceutical companies typically allocate around 20 percent of their revenues to research and development (R&D), and it takes an average of ten to 15 years to develop a new drug. For instance, one critical stage in the drug discovery process, lead identification, traditionally takes several months using deep learning techniques. By leveraging foundation models and generative AI, organizations can potentially complete this step in a matter of weeks, accelerating the overall drug development process.
Banking & Financial Services
Generative AI has the potential to make a substantial impact on the banking industry, generating increased productivity valued at 2.8 to 4.7 percent of annual revenues, which translates to an additional $200 billion to $340 billion. The banking industry, being knowledge-intensive and technology-driven, has already experienced significant benefits from the application of artificial intelligence in areas such as marketing and customer operations. However, generative AI applications offer additional advantages, particularly in text-based domains like regulations and programming languages, as well as in customer-facing operations. For example, Morgan Stanley, one of the leading financial service providers is building an AI assistant using GPT-4, with the aim of helping tens of thousands of wealth managers quickly find and synthesize answers from a massive internal knowledge base.
About the writer: Dr. Usman Zia is an Assistant Professor at the School of Interdisciplinary Engineering and Sciences (SINES), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Pakistan. His research interests are Natural Language Processing, Language Models and Machine Learning. He has authored numerous publications on language generation and machine learning. As an AI enthusiast, he is actively involved in a number of projects related to generative AI and NLP.