Tech executives looking to get the most value for their organizations from generative AI need to understand the basics of the technology, according to a report released Tuesday by Forrester Research.

“The tech world has grown frustrated with several recent bubbles delivering no real value, but generative AI is already improving content creation, software development and knowledge management across enterprises,” the report said.

“However, publicity breeds bad information and misconceptions,” it continued. “Tech executives need to know some basics such as what generative AI is, how it can be used, what the future holds for generative AI, and what to do with it in the short term.”

To get a handle on what generative AI is, tech executives need to clear up some misconceptions about the technology.

“It sounds simple, but the biggest misconception I encounter over and over again is that generative AI and ChatGPT are not the same thing,” said Rowan Curran, Forrester analyst and one of the report’s authors.

“When executives look at these things, it’s important to look at them as a broader technology that happened to capture our imagination through the chatbot interface,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“ChatGPT is an application wrapped around the GPT-4 or GPT 3.5 Turbo model,” he said. “Tech executives need to look at the model in addition to the application.”

Smart ain’t as smart as it sounds

Generative AI is a big language model, which means it’s capable of pretty much anything related to language, explained Sagi Eliyahu, co-founder and CEO of Tonkian, a Palo Alto, California-based maker. Creator of a process experience platform that includes AI-enabled features.

“Since we as humans communicate and even think in words, LLMs now look like they are capable of anything,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“But even though they appear capable of ‘thinking’, language models are ultimately constrained by the data they have been trained on,” he said. “Like any technology, it’s only as useful as how you leverage it in the existing culture.”

“People think because it sounds smart, it is smart,” said Daniel Castro, director of the Center for Data Innovation, an international think tank studying the intersection of data, technology and public policy.

“People shouldn’t rely on it for facts or as a substitute for human expertise,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Instead, they should use it as a tool to generate ideas and enhance human skills. Generative AI has many important use cases, but it is still a long way from artificial general intelligence.”

Mistaking generative AI for artificial general intelligence — a type of AI that can perform any intellectual task that a human can do — is another misconception, said Anderl Group, president and CEO of an advisory services firm in Bend, Ore. said principal analyst Rob Enderle.

“AGI is still years away in our future,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“What generative AI is, is a big language model that can interact with you,” he said. “It is the beginning of a new user interface based on voice and presence that is by design more human-like in use.”

variety of use cases

The use of “chat” in generative AI like ChatGPT can confuse even executives who are the nimrods of AI. Mark N., president and principal analyst at SmartTech Research in San Jose, Calif. “They confuse generative AI with the simple chatbots commonly used for customer service on websites,” Vena said.

“Those chatbots are not general AI-based, because they get their responses from a limited universe of general questions, which are typically specific to a single topic,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Zen AI curates its own content, in principle, for all content on the internet, so it is much more real-time from a contextual content perspective and can answer a vast array of questions.”

Acknowledging that generative AI is still relatively immature, Forrester said technical executions could capitalize on a variety of use cases, including:

  • increasing developer productivity through text-to-code generation tools;
  • enabling visual designers to iterate and quickly ideate with a text-to-image generator;
  • empowering marketers to create product descriptions that match their preferred brand language and tone; And
  • Enhancing the appearance of officers by allowing synthetic avatars of themselves to appear in video without being recorded themselves.

“One of the most under-appreciated aspects of generative AI is its potential to enable more people to create software than ever before,” said Bob O’Donnell, founder and principal analyst at technology market research and consulting firm Technalysis Research in Foster City. Is.” , California.

“No-code, low-code development tools have been available for years, but you still need to be very technical to get them to work,” he told TechNewsWorld.

“One of the more interesting applications of generative AI is the ability to build code from details,” he continued. “It means that someone with an idea without programming expertise can do a lot of interesting things. It’s going to be incredibly impactful for businesses.

from excitement to magic

Forrester said that while generative AI is exciting today, the applications of tomorrow will seem like magic.

For example, a future analytics platform with embedded generative AI capabilities may allow a user to submit a query such as: “Create an infographic of our last year’s sales revenue, operating expenses, and customer satisfaction and summarize our last three Include an explanation for the trends that do.” Quarterly Report.

“AI now allows end users to make the leap from research to something much more useful — resolution,” Eliyahu said.

“And not just any kind of resolution, but resolution that is differentiated, rapid, personal and context-aware,” he continued. “At the end of the day, this is what people really want and need out of technology – tools for their requests, questions and problems to be understood and resolved immediately.”

Forrester admits that problems have plagued generative AI. Text generators can produce coherent nonsense, as well as have harmful biases baked into their data, it noted. Questions about copyright and intellectual property also remain unanswered.

“Beyond the potential for hallucinations, which we have seen in a lot of these models, AI is not going to be the solution to everything,” said Will Duffield, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a Washington, DC think tank. ,

“There’s always a risk of trying to overfit a new technology to solve problems it’s not yet designed to solve,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Seek General AI vendor input

Still, Forrester encourages tech executives to start experimenting with generative AI over the next six to nine months.

“It’s really important for organizations to start experimenting in this space and start engaging with their vendor partners to understand what they’re doing,” Curran advised. “Most vendors have something on their road map for how they are going to provide generative AI capability.”

He also recommended taking a broader look at the tech execution vendor landscape. “It’s a lot bigger than some of the players who have gotten all the attention over the last several months,” he said.

When I installed panels on my San Jose house in the early 2000s, I was an early adopter of the current generation of solar technology, only to see a rapid decline in yield from those panels over the next 20 years.

At our latest home, we use current generation LG panels that promise to hold over 90% of their production capacity for the same amount of time. However, not only am I unable to get the Tesla batteries I ordered last year (I’ve been told I can get them by next summer), I know I’m wasting a ton of energy because of my energy consumption. Usage is unregulated.

A truly green home isn’t just solar. It has a managed energy system so you can optimize usage. But home energy management systems that work well with solar are extremely rare, and I’ve been disappointed with everything I’ve tested.

Lunar Energy, run by former Tesla executive Kunal Girotra, appears to be one of the first next-generation solar companies to focus more on electrical efficiency than generation.

Lunar Solar is an early version of an upcoming wave of companies that will rapidly branch from solar production to energy management, providing a strong ROI for their products.

This week let’s talk about how we manage electricity, and how appliances are made by moving to solar power. Then we’ll end with our product of the week: the new Dragonfly Folio from HP.

problem with solar

Solar energy is cheap. In fact, it’s free but, sadly, the technology we need to use is next to nothing. My previous installation, which was heavily subsidized by the California and US governments, still cost me about $30,000 – even after subsidies – and my current system is closer to $100,000.

The direct benefit is that my electricity bill has gone up from $700 a month to less than $50 during the summer. But winter is a different story. You see, solar energy is powered by the sun. In winter when the sun is low on the horizon, it doesn’t power the panels as much, but you still need the energy to heat the house.

Admittedly, most of my house is now heated with gas, but I would like to go completely electric. It still cut my energy bill by about two-thirds, but the solar only works during the day and when the sun comes out. So, if you don’t want to go dark at night or on cloudy days, you need some sort of alternative power source.

If you are connected to the grid without a battery, you will still lose power if the power goes out on a hot summer day (as happened to me the other day). Batteries are not only expensive, but you must also draw enough electricity to charge them and power your home during the day, increasing the need for more solar-sourced electricity.

Now if you live on-grid, you will not have to pay this every night, but only if you discharge the battery during an outage. If you go off-grid, that means you’ll need about 30% additional capacity.

But what if you also focus on improving efficiency?

Firms like Lunar Energy promise

This is where these next generation solar companies are focused: less on generating energy and more on increasing the efficiency of energy use. While Lunar Energy is working on more efficient whole-house batteries, initially their overall effort is focused more on efficiency than production.

If you can make your home more efficient, you don’t need as much solar or as many batteries. This efficiency focus works whether you are solar powered or powered from the electric grid. You can use an energy management system no matter where you source your power.

You can also potentially do things like power down your chargers when the battery they’re charging is at full capacity and only turn them back on when those batteries are below 50%. This will help the battery last longer and potentially reduce daily energy usage.

In the past, tests of the Energy Star rating system showed huge holes in their process. This manageability will also expose devices that are idle, forcing equipment manufacturers to improve their energy efficiency, and catching people who may still be gaming the system.

next generation solar devices

There are now companies like Sundanzer that have built appliances for off-grid homes over the years, but the features and capabilities of these appliances remind me of what my grandmother had in the 1960s. Manual defrost, no cold water or ice-making capabilities, limited capacity and, for the most part, nothing you’d call attractive. But they are incredibly efficient.

What I anticipate with the next generation of devices from companies focused on solar homes blends the efficiency of off-grid offerings with the capabilities and presence of the current generation of modern appliances – so we can have the features that An off-grid product we want close to efficiency.

wrapping up

Lunar Energy is one of the first generation of solar power companies to focus more on efficient use of energy than its own generation.

I expect that by the end of the decade we will see entirely new companies in the market with increasingly efficient appliances, more advanced home energy management systems, better whole-house battery solutions, and a more comprehensive approach to green energy generation and use. Will see you come

We are just at the beginning of this solar energy wave. Over the next 20 years, kitchen and home designs will change, appliances will change, and we will use AI to ensure efficient use of every watt of energy we generate. Overall, this effort should result in a significant reduction in greenhouse gas formation and a major step towards combating global climate change.

Technical Product of the Week

HP Dragonfly Folio G3

I get to review a lot of laptops over the course of a year, and the one that has consistently been my favorite is the HP Folio. This line has gone through several iterations. It started out as a consumer-focused device, went into business with the Elite Folio, which I’m used to writing this, for the launch of its successor: the HP Dragonfly Folio G3.

The Elite Folio fixed my biggest complaint with the Folio was the contrasting colors. It came in brown and burgundy, and I’m sure the ’80s wanted their color back. But the previous generation, HP went black, used updated Qualcomm Snapdragon processors and graphics, and improved the pen dock and SIM slot. With all this, the Elite Folio becomes my favorite laptop of the year.

Well, I just recently got the HP Dragonfly Folio G3 and now my old Elite Folio is sadly out of date.

HP Dragonfly Folio G3 Notebook

HP Dragonfly Folio G3 / Image Credit: HP

HP found that IT buyers just didn’t want to risk a Qualcomm product. While that chip worked fine for me—and I really appreciated the massive battery life—other users complained about it getting worse. This is due to running an x86 emulator which pulled performance from the part that was performance-constrained.

In addition, Intel has reassured IT buyers that they need vPro, although most don’t currently use that capability (Microsoft is working to make Windows work with ARM that will eventually match performance with Snapdragon). should solve the problem).

So, the HP Dragonfly Folio G3 has improved the camera, added a privacy screen option, and while it has taken a battery life hit, it’s noticeably faster (the Snapdragon part of Qualcomm leads the industry in battery life).

In short, HP took my favorite laptop and made it better, so I’m in love again, and the HP Dragonfly Folio G 3 is my product of the week.

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