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Decoding GenAI: The future of artificial intelligence

In a recent HCLTech Trends and Insights podcast episode, Alan Flower discussed how generative AI (GenAI) is revolutionizing AI and spurring innovation across industries
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Aditya Kumar
Aditya Kumar
Global Thought Leadership, HCLTech
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Decoding GenAI: The future of artificial intelligence

In a recent episode of the HCLTech Trends and Insights podcast, Alan Flower, Executive Vice President – CTO and Global Head, Cloud Native & AI Labs HCLTech, explored the revolutionary technology of generative AI (GenAI). GenAI is reshaping the landscape of AI and driving innovation across industries. 

In this article, we'll delve into the key insights shared during our conversation, exploring the definition of GenAI, its applications and impact on innovation, as well as the challenges in implementation and its future trajectory.

What is GenAI and how does it differ from traditional AI?

GenAI, as Flower explains, focuses on creating human-like outputs such as text, audio, speech, images and even computer code. Unlike traditional AI, which primarily dealt with pattern recognition, GenAI addresses the generation of human outputs. He highlighted three key capabilities of GenAI: enhancing human productivity, improving quality and accelerating the creation process.

"GenAI is all about the generation of human outputs. Traditional AI, which was dominated by technologies like machine learning, was more focused on pattern recognition," confirmed Flower.

Examples of GenAI implementation

Flower provided various examples of how clients are leveraging GenAI in their businesses. From enhancing software development processes to revolutionizing customer service and sales activities, GenAI is being integrated into various aspects of business operations. 

He mentioned the use of GenAI in software engineering, contact centers and even client-facing sales activities like virtual shopping assistants.

"I don't know a single client who has not deployed co-pilot technology into their software engineering domain and has not recorded dramatic productivity gains,” said Flower.

Driving innovation and competitive advantage

GenAI is not only improving productivity, but also driving innovation within organizations. Flower discussed how GenAI enables businesses to build intelligence into their processes, making them smarter and more efficient. He provided examples of how GenAI is being used to enhance customer experiences, particularly in industries like insurance, where it augments the capabilities of sales representatives.

"Gen AI enables me to build intelligence into my business. I can take existing business processes and make them a lot smarter," explained Flower.

Hurdles in implementing GenAI

While the benefits of GenAI are significant, organizations face several challenges when implementing it. Flower highlighted the ethical, legal and technical challenges associated with GenAI implementation. He emphasized the importance of human oversight and common sense when using GenAI, especially in critical business processes.

 "In many cases, you still want a human in the loop. You still want a human supervising the quality and the veracity of the information coming from a GenAI system," he continued.

The future of GenAI

Looking ahead, Flower predicts a rapid evolution of GenAI, making it more accessible, affordable and accurate. He envisions GenAI becoming a ubiquitous tool, augmenting various aspects of our professional and personal lives. While acknowledging the challenges of managing dynamic AI environments, Flower believes that GenAI will continue to enrich our lives and improve human productivity.

"In summary, I think it's going to enrich our professional lives as well as our private lives tremendously," he said.

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Key takeaways

Concluding the podcast, Flower highlighted some key takeaways. He emphasized the rapid progress of GenAI and the need for organizations to adapt to this technology strategically. He mentioned the shift toward hybrid multi-cloud environments and the importance of managing dynamic AI operations effectively.

 "You need to be prepared for: How am I going to run AI on all of these platforms? How am I going to manage them?" he asked.

Generative AI is not just a technological advancement — it's a transformative force that is reshaping industries and enhancing human capabilities. As GenAI continues to evolve, organizations must embrace it strategically to unlock its full potential and gain a competitive edge in the digital age.

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