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What Is Generative AI?

Generative AI (GenAI) is a tool that can generate text, images, and music based on specific prompts. Learn more, and how to use it at your organization.

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Generative AI (GenAI) is a subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that is capable of creating content or information including images, text, and even music, based on prompts. It uses algorithms and deep learning models—combined with patterns and data that it has been trained on—to generate output. 

What are some pros and cons of using GenAI in the workplace?

The primary benefits of GenAI include the ability to automate processes and handle repetitive tasks to reduce the time required by employees. 

GenAI can also support enhanced decision-making through its ability to analyze large volumes of data and generate insights. It has the potential to inspire creativity and innovation by generating new ideas or solutions that humans may not have considered.

Some potential downfalls, though, include data privacy and security concerns, initial implementation costs, ethical concerns and concerns over bias, and limitations based on the lack of human judgment and contextual understanding.

What security issues need to be considered when using GenAI?

It’s important to consider data privacy and security when using GenAI. Organizations should implement stringent data protection measures, including encryption, access controls, and secure storage. Clear data governance policies and practices should be established to handle and protect sensitive employee and customer information.

What are the costs associated with the use of GenAI? 

The cost implications and ROI of implementing GenAI in the workplace can vary depending on factors like the tools used, the complexity of the AI system, the scale of implementation, and the specific use cases. While initial implementation costs may be significant, the potential benefits include increased efficiency, improved decision-making, enhanced employee experience, and reduced manual effort.

What skills and competencies are required to use GenAI?

For GenAI users, the primary skills and competencies required are the ability to write effective prompts to attain the best results, and domain knowledge to be able to review the accuracy and relevance of the content generated. Developers working with GenAI technology would require more advanced technical knowledge of AI concepts, including generative models, deep learning, neural networks, and natural language processing, in addition to machine learning expertise, and data literacy. 

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