AI will not replace innovators. But innovators who use AI will replace those who don't.

The potential of AI in the corporate world is immense, from strategy mapping and competitive landscaping to opportunity seizing, brief generation, and startup identification.

How can you effectively leverage AI in your daily job?

During our recent Innov8rs Learning Lab on Startup Collaboration & Ecosystem Engagement, Manuel Hellendorff (Head of Customer Success at Novable) provided an overview of the main AI tools currently in use and shared practical advice on how to incorporate these tools into your work to enhance productivity and success.

How Can AI Help Corporate Innovators?

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, it’s crucial for corporates to stay in touch with their markets and anticipate disruption from various sources. It follows that, to future-proof their businesses, corporates must adopt more proactive and forward-thinking approaches to innovation, going beyond “regular innovation strategies”. In fact, these strategies typically involve incremental improvements or optimizations to existing products, services, or processes. In a market that is constantly evolving, they may not be sufficient.

On the other hand, “active innovation strategies” involve exploring new markets, developing entirely new products or services, or adopting new technologies or business models. These strategies require a higher level of investment and may involve more risk-taking and experimentation than regular strategies. They also involve continuously scanning the environment for new opportunities and emerging trends, and being willing to adapt quickly to changing circumstances. In contrast, regular innovation strategies tend to be more reactive, responding to market demands or customer feedback rather than actively seeking out new opportunities.

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools represent a potent means for creating and implementing active innovation strategies. By enabling corporates to analyze extensive amounts of data, identify patterns and trends, and generate insights to inform their innovation strategies, AI facilitates the identification of new opportunities, the development and testing of new ideas, and the successful implementation of innovations.

Where And How Is AI Changing Innovation Work?

AI can help innovators generate new ideas, optimize processes, and analyze data to make informed decisions. However, it can’t replace the intuition and judgment of innovators. As innovators, we bring a unique combination of creativity, problem-solving abilities, and domain expertise to the table, which AI is not yet capable of replicating- AI can only work with the data it has been trained on.

On the other hand, innovators who use AI will likely have an advantage over those who do not. AI can help them analyze large amounts of data and identify patterns that would be difficult to discern otherwise. This can give them a competitive edge in fields where data analysis is critical, such as finance and healthcare. Furthermore, as AI continues to evolve, it’s increasingly integrated into various industries and fields. Thus, innovators who are able to leverage AI to enhance their work will be better positioned to succeed in these changing environments. However, it’s crucial to remember that your distinct skills and insights remain irreplaceable.

That being said, Manuel outlines six main ways AI is transforming and boosting corporate innovation.

1. Natural Language Processing: Otter

The AI branch "Natural Language Processing" (NLP) focuses on the interaction between computers and human language. It involves the ability of computers to process and analyze human language in a way that allows them to understand the meaning behind the words, as well as the context in which they are used. NLP can be especially useful for corporates that need to analyze large amounts of customer feedback, social media posts, or other unstructured data sources to gain insights into customer preferences, sentiment, and behavior.

An example of this is Otter, a meeting assistant. Otter is an AI-powered transcription and collaboration tool that efficiently transcribes and summarizes meetings, interviews, and other important conversations. With Otter, you can capture, share, and search for information seamlessly, making communication and collaboration more efficient and effective.

2. Customization: Synthetic Users

Customization is a great way to cater to individual tastes by tailoring your offerings to meet their specific needs. With the help of AI, this process becomes even easier. Synthetic Users is a cutting-edge AI technology that allows product teams to test their innovations and user interfaces with simulated users. This saves a lot of time and resources, as getting user feedback through interviews can be a tedious and lengthy process.

Synthetic Users helps automate the process by simulating how real users would react to your innovation. It provides valuable insights such as the desirability of your product, suggested features to add, and optimization paths to take. All of this information is available within minutes. Using Synthetic Users, corporates can identify and fix potential issues before releasing their innovations to the market. This results in better user experiences and increased customer satisfaction.

3. Decision Making: Rationale

The power of AI lies in its ability to gather and analyze historical and other data. It will present facts and approximations to help you make better-informed decisions. As such, it has many applications, from medical diagnosis to trading to financial decisions.

Rationale is a powerful AI tool that helps corporates make data-driven decisions by analyzing large amounts of data and providing insights and recommendations. If you have a tough decision to make or are hesitating between alternatives, Rationale simplifies the decision-making process by generating a causal chain analysis with all possible consequences, valuable insights, and recommendations. This tool can also create pros and cons, SWOT, and Multi-Criteria analysis, enabling you to ultimately make rational decisions.

4. Content Generation: Seenapse

AI is also capable of automating content generation. Seenapse, for instance, is a unique combination of human lateral thinking and AI’s speed that allows you to generate many divergent, creative possibilities in just a matter of minutes. This tool can help you come up with a multitude of different ideas for naming, content creation, video scripting, and more. These ideas can be used directly or as inspiration to further develop your creative thinking.

5. Automation: UIzard

Artificial intelligence technology has advanced to a point where it can make decisions and operate independently without human input. This is particularly evident in autonomous cars, where the vehicle is capable of making decisions on its own without input from the driver or passenger. Such technology is commonly referred to as “automation", and it’s often used to streamline complex workflows like logistics, legal processes, administrative tasks, and many more.

UIzard is an innovative design tool powered by AI that creates visually stunning and functional user interfaces. Using machine learning algorithms and other AI technologies, UIzard analyzes design trends and generates editable, customizable UI templates quickly and easily, even from screenshots, hand-drawn sketches, or mockups. These templates can be easily customized and adjusted to meet the specific needs and preferences of individual businesses. Using UIzard, corporates can enhance user experiences and increase customer engagement quickly and easily.

6. Data Management: Check for AI

Artificial intelligence has proven to be extremely valuable when it comes to processing and extracting insights from large, complex, and unstructured datasets that would be impossible for humans to analyze. It has been successfully implemented in Smart Cities and cybersecurity, where it can be used to identify and address potential threats.

As the prevalence of AI-generated content continues to increase, it can become difficult to distinguish between content created by humans and content generated by AI. Check for AI is a useful tool that can identify whether AI was involved in the content creation process, which helps corporates ensure compliance with ethical and regulatory standards while mitigating any potential risks associated with the use of AI systems. By using Check for AI, it’s possible to confidently leverage the full potential of AI technology while maintaining ethical and legal standards.

What About ChatGPT?

In 2022, OpenAI introduced ChatGPT, an advanced AI chatbot that can analyze and process massive amounts of text data. With its ability to solve problems and generate high-quality and coherent text content, ChatGPT can be used for various applications, including content creation, customer support, and language translation. Compared to search engines like Google, ChatGPT provides faster and more direct answers to a wide range of questions and topics.

However, like any technology, there are pros and cons to using ChatGPT. One major drawback is that it can only acknowledge content until 2021, which means it may not be able to provide accurate information on the latest trends and technologies. Additionally, there is a risk of biased or inaccurate content generation and potential copyright and licensing issues.

In Summary

AI can help corporates process large amounts of data quickly, identify patterns and trends, and make data-driven decisions. This can lead to accelerated innovation and a quicker time-to-market for new products and services. With its ability to provide timely and accurate information, AI can also help identify potential opportunities and risks, allowing for better decision-making. Additionally, by automating repetitive tasks, it frees up employees to focus on more strategic and innovative work, ultimately leading to improved productivity and efficiency.

It's important to remember that while AI is a valuable support tool, it's not a complete replacement for humans. The human component is still essential for innovation, and we need people to filter and interpret the results of AI processes. Rather than seeing AI as a replacement for human workers, we should view it as an ally that can augment our work and help us perform better. By understanding how to use AI effectively and which tools to implement, innovators can take advantage of its capabilities to drive success in their daily work.