It’s important to be patient. At this year’s event, the theme was unsurpassed, using artificial intelligence (AI) to make you look better, faster and better than ever before.
While I am most excited Microsoft’s focus with DALL-E 2There were a ton of other AI efforts — spanning everything from development to video calling — that will change the way we work and collaborate.
Let’s cover some highlights:
Two ways of AI
Two potential paths to AI.
It’s one thing for humans and for humans to use AIs. This journey with the robot that Elon Musk has announced to replace the human body.
Another way, which is supported almost globally by technology companies like IBM and Microsoft, is to create AIs to help workers and make them more productive and capable.
It is not difficult to support this way, because I am ready, like you, to be replaced by an AI robot. But I often struggle with it because a lot of the work I do is repetitive and can be done more easily by AI, leaving me to focus on what I’m doing.
I don’t have to pay for filling out forms, creating surveys, finding pictures, and having a video conferencing session that feels more like a pro product where I’m looking at the pros – as opposed to just now where I can look. I’m distracted and not busy, though – there are a few things I’m looking forward to in the transition to AIs.
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Low code to no code
I was so excited about learning how to code until I did it. I knew what I wanted to do, but the effort to create a viable application was very repetitive and detail oriented. They liked the concept phase of the process, but the implementation phase, not so much.
At Ignite, Microsoft showed how it is pushing AI into tools like Git-Hub Co-Controller and Power Apps, subduing the amount of actual coding needed to be done and ultimately putting application creation within the user’s control.
Now, we want to share our first great coding efforts as a user. I was in the finance part of my executive rotation. We needed to learn every major aspect of the corporation, and we needed a CRM application. This was before the time “CRM” was created. I sat down with IT and explained what I wanted. After months they gave a solution that is more difficult and painful to use than using the movie apps used before. This was planned, but the issue was that I was working as a developer who didn’t seem to care about the real concept of what I was trying to do.
In fact, over the years, I have seen the same problem reoccur almost every time an operational unit has to create an internal or external developer of a new application. A basic lack of understanding of the job or task tends to result in an unsatisfactory initial offer, followed by many revisions that take more time to meet the initial need.
But the best way we dealt with this problem back in the day was to use Office or similar tools to create an app for us. While the result is not as refined as that made by IT, one day we have to work and improve the end of the tool, most often Excel.
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The ability to create apps that work by describing what you want, once it is easy enough for users, will create the subsequent problem, which is to make sure that the resulting apps are ready for design, especially the aspects that correspond to security. This application will be widely shared, but has the potential to do great damage if it is not fully tested and secured by a third party. I expect a lot of apps to bypass the control structure, creating avoidable operations and security problems at an impressive rate.
Quick consent and easy approval processes are in place and the plan says it will be critical to making sure this amazing new facility doesn’t become a large-scale problem. To do one without the other would be inconvenient. Tools and processes will need review and approval to move forward but will not become significant obstacles. Otherwise, the users will ignore them, they will see a nightmare of unapproved things, which are both against the plan and too useful to close the company easily.
The future of Microsoft AI
From creating images and apps from words to solving performance problems and answering HP’s difficult questions just by asking the right question, Microsoft envisions a future significantly enhanced with AI capabilities.
However, this card will require users to develop descriptive skills. There are many like us who use the internet to learn Boolean logicUsers of these AIs will have to learn how to best interact with them. Descriptive and clear in our communications is something to be taught by numbers and students in general, but it will be needed if these efforts are to be successful. Because if you can’t accurately describe what you want, you won’t get it.
What will help is that AIs will increasingly learn to interpret your vocal intent more accurately. But if you can do it better than most in the beginning, you will reduce your time to productivity and increase the value of the company significantly. Me, I’m looking forward to creating my first image with DALL-E 2 in Microsoft Designer.
And we’re going to build on AIs and especially user-generated code for our ax, so having strategies in place to deal with them will likely serve you well as we approach the AI-driven future.
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