There’s a tremendous amount of buzz these days around Artificial Intelligence, and the concepts and techniques associated with it. These concepts and techniques involve sophisticated technology, and their explanations are often confusing to a non-technical audience.
The concept of AI has been around for so long that most of us have a good high-level understanding of just what artificial intelligence is: it’s the technology that makes it possible for computers to act and react like humans. And most of us also understand that AI is becoming more and more intelligent, and seemingly less and less artificial. Yesterday, it was Amazon suggesting books we might like. Today it’s Alexa answering our trivia questions and turning the thermostat down. Tomorrow it will be driverless Ubers finding the quickest way to get us to wherever we need to go.
Some time ago, people looking for answers to solve business problems realized that the information they sought resided in different places. It could have been in a file system, on an intranet, on the web, or in a proprietary database associated with a specific line-of-business application. What could be done to make sure employees and customers had a way to search once and get answers back from any source?
With customer support & service at the forefront of the brand battle, it's no wonder that companies are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) for help. The customer churn caused by poor customer service is $62 billion problem, so finding ways to speed response time is no small matter.