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For professionals, a large portion of the day is consumed by monotonous, repetitive tasks. From answering emails to managing your daily workload, time better spent tackling important projects or meeting with peers is wasted on tasks that can be accomplished through automation. However, AI hasn’t been widely embraced in the workplace, despite the fact that AI can keep a company running at top efficiency, without sacrificing quality.

The Benefits of AI

When the subject of artificial intelligence comes up, many minds automatically jump to androids and futuristic technology. But the reality is that AI tech exists in in a variety of forms, from the virtual assistant on our phones to predictive texting. This software is designed to save time, no matter where it’s used.

In the workplace, these examples are even more pronounced. Take email, for instance. Many email providers prompt users if they’ve indicated an attached file in the body of an email but attempt to send it without attaching anything. Gmail’s Smart Reply feature populates a list of common responses based on the content of the email. These examples of machine learning are getting more sophisticated with each passing year, and have the potential to be tremendous time savers.

In the very near future, we’ll see this examples of AI expanding from email to project management and even so far as simple decision making (such as what you want for lunch or what time to schedule appointments). If these mundane tasks are out of the way, you and your staff will have more time to accomplish what truly matters.

The Future of AI

While the current AI offering can help in a variety of ways in the workplace, it’s the near future that professionals should be truly excited about. We’ll see an improvement in virtual assistant offerings, mimicking the abilities of real executive assistants. This AI will be designed with long-term goals in mind, allowing virtual assistants to create plans, implement decisions, and offer intuitive suggestions based on a professional’s past behavior.

With these changes coming in the next year or so, employers have a lot to look forward to with AI. This software can improve the efficiency of an office and remove the minor stresses of mundane tasks that pile up throughout the day. In the meantime, there are a variety of AI tools that you and your staff can use to make the most of this developing technology. Cortana and Siri can cut down on minor tasks and provide information, while predictive emailing saves time responding to emails that pile up during the day.

So whether or not you’re using AI in the workplace now, the future of this technology is bright and offers a wide variety of possibilities for employers in every industry.

 

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