Implementing AI Technologies

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is reshaping industries by enhancing efficiency, enabling new capabilities, and driving innovation at an unprecedented pace. This isn’t breaking news, but it is quickly becoming the new normal and organisations across all verticals need to be ready.

In the utilities sector, AI optimises energy distribution and predicts maintenance needs, reducing downtime and conserving resources. In finance, AI systems detect and prevent fraudulent transactions, safeguarding both institutions and customers. Meanwhile, in public organisations and government departments, AI streamlines bureaucratic processes, enhances public services, and improves policy-making by predicting societal trends.

By leveraging AI, industries are not only improving current systems but also paving the way for groundbreaking new solutions, proving AI’s indispensable role in future developments.

The Challenge in Implementing AI Technologies

Implementing AI technologies involves navigating substantial challenges due to their complexity and rapid evolution. Constant advancements in algorithms and data processing require ongoing learning and adaptation to keep pace, making the development of effective AI solutions demanding.

Additionally, the surge in AI popularity often pressures organisations to adopt these technologies, sometimes prematurely. Not every issue warrants an AI-driven approach – in certain cases, traditional methods may offer simpler, more cost-effective solutions. It’s crucial to thoroughly analyse potential use cases, weighing factors like return on investment and implementation complexity, to ensure AI is deployed where it can genuinely enhance outcomes rather than as a generic fix-all.

The Power of Proof of Concepts (PoCs) in AI Solutions

One effective strategy to mitigate the risks associated with AI is the development of PoCs to help solve business problems our customers are facing. These PoCs or prototypes, serve as a testing ground for new ideas and technologies without incurring the large-scale risk and costs associated with full scale implementation and development.

PoCs enables experimentation with different approaches, learning from any mistakes, and they demonstrate the feasibility of solutions. They are essential not just for testing technology, but also for convincing stakeholders of the viability and potential impact of an AI project before they invest full scale on it.

Why Agility is Key While Working with AI

In an environment as dynamic as AI, agility is not just beneficial – it is imperative. Agile teams like Version 1’s AI Labs can adapt quickly to new information, shift strategies as needed, and continue development. By enabling quick iterations and continuous development, our approach ensures that our projects stay relevant, effective, and deliver high value to our customers. The ability to iterate quickly is not just a strategy, it’s a necessity, and one that positions us to respond effectively to new challenges and opportunities as they arise.

AI is helping all of us to build an entirely new world of business, with tremendous benefits for people and society alike, and this is only the beginning. The future is very exciting and it’s already here.

About the Author

Filippo Sassi is the head of the Version 1 AI Labs. With several years of experience in innovation and cutting-edge technologies, and leading teams, he is passionate about agile development and the transformative potential of AI technology to drive business growth and deliver value.

Version AI Labs – Who We Are

The Version 1 AI Labs is a cross functional team of experts across technologies that are dedicated to exploring AI-related technologies to address business challenges our customers face.

Employing technologies such as conversational and generative AI, machine learning, deep learning, computer vision, and more, the AI Labs develops fully functional PoCs that help customers understand the impact of the solutions implemented. Operating across various domains and geographies, the AI Labs is committed to exploring the latest developments in AI and cutting-edge solutions . By staying at pace with the AI curve, our team is able to upskill, grow, and expand to stay at the forefront of innovation and deliver solutions that are forward-looking.

How We Help You

Is your organisation bogged down by paperwork, record making and keeping, or by administrative tasks? Computer vision can help! Employing the latest Optical Character Recognition (OCR) solutions we can automate data entry from forms, invoices, and other digitalised content containing both printed and handwriting, saving you precious time and effort that can be used elsewhere.

Do you find it difficult to locate key information, or just find what you are looking for in documents? By combining Retrieval-Augmented Generation (RAG) and Large Language Models (LLMs) the AI Labs can pilot solutions in a couple of weeks to query your data at speed. Our team of AI Engineers will help set informed parameters and employ the latest prompt engineering techniques to maximise the accuracy of the answers.

What if your data is too sensitive to be processed by 3rd party models? Our team of Data Scientists will analyse the best metrics for the task and select the best Small Language Model (SLM) which can run on your own cloud infrastructure or even on-prem. Sometimes the full power of LLMs is not needed. Choosing the smallest possible model for the most relevant metric allows you to keep down the costs and minimise the CO2 impact!

At Version 1 we have a dedicated Sustainable AI Board to advice, support, and drive our AI efforts. We believe that technology is truly beneficial only when it is inclusive, fair, and environmentally friendly.

Check out our website for the latest news from the AI Labs. Whatever the use case, our approach to quick prototyping within the AI landscape is designed not only to navigate these challenges but to lead the way in innovative, practical AI applications. By understanding the difficulties, acknowledging the risks, leveraging PoCs, maintaining agility, and avoiding the pitfalls of unqualified advice, we build solutions where AI is not just a tool, but a transformative force.

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