On the 12th of June 2023, Salesforce hosted ‘Salesforce AI Day’. The keynote is available on Salesforce+. Not had a chance to watch it? No problem! Here are the three key take-home messages you need to know.
Before getting started, it is worth having a basic awareness of generative AI (artificial intelligence), its terminology and pros and cons. If this is new to you, check out the section below, otherwise, feel free to skip to the key take-homes.
Salesforce already does AI. What’s new?
Up until recently, ‘predictive AI’ has been the focus. This uses ‘machine learning’ to analyse data, identify patterns and make predictions. Salesforce examples include ‘Einstein Lead Scoring’ and ‘Einstein Opportunity Scoring’. In fact, through Salesforce’s existing AI tools, ~1 trillion predictions are made per week!
Tools such as this allow teams to focus efforts wisely. However, we’re moving into a new era of AI.
Generative AI: A new era of AI
Generative AI solutions, such as ChatGPT, Bard and DALL-E have been making headlines. They are causing a mix of excitement and concern.
The above is not definitive, but there is no doubt generative AI represents a potential paradigm shift. As with all new technologies, there are challenges, but also significant benefits to be realised.
Understanding the terminology
AI day focused on Generative AI. Here are some key terms to be aware of:
- Bias: Unintentional outputs from an AI, which unfairly favour certain results. Often caused by data used to train a model in the machine learning process. Click here for more info.
- Data Masking: Keep personally identifiable information (PII) data secure by modifying it prior to sharing with other systems (e.g., AI models). Click here for more info.
- Generative AI: Based on a user’s prompt, AI uses the data it has consumed to create something new, such as text, images, or code. Click here for more info.
- Hallucinations: Where generative AI analyses data provided but produces an invalid or unrealistic output. Click here for more info.
- Large Language Model (LLM): A type of generative AI; typically trained using text to generate text outputs based on a user’s prompt. Click here for more info.
- Predictive AI: An AI model designed to analyse prior data to predict an outcome to help decision-making. Typically a simpler model than generative AI. Click here for more info.
- Prompt: A question and/or instruction provided to an AI tool to generate an output (e.g., providing instructions to a LLM to create a specific, personalised email). Click here for more info.
- Toxicity. Output from AI which is defined as a “rude, disrespectful, or unreasonable response”. Click here for more info.
- Zero Retention: Ensuring that no data is stored outside of Salesforce. Click here for more info.
Take-home 1: Trust & responsibility
Trust featured throughout the talk. Given the challenges posed by Generative AI (e.g., security, privacy, hallucinations, bias, and toxicity, etc), this is not surprising. LLMs consume large amounts of data. However, what if data is unvetted, biased or outdated? It leads to poor quality outputs.
Trust is a core value of Salesforce. To overcome these challenges, Salesforce has unveiled ‘AI Cloud’, which is built on the Einstein GPT Trust layer.
Take-home 2: Product releases
Salesforce clearly has ambitious goals for Einstein GPT, as reflected by recent releases:
- May 2023:
- June 2023:
More is yet to come. Currently, Apex GPT will be available as a pilot later this month, with Flow following in October 2023. For more information on Salesforce’s ‘Summer of AI’, check out the slide below, or watch Clara Shih, (CEO, Salesforce AI), walkthrough some of the upcoming features.
Take-home 3: Training
Lastly, if this has whetted your appetite to learn more, Trailhead has 35 badges available covering various AI topics. Alongside this, a new Generative AI Certification will be launched at Dreamforce!
If you are interested in exploring the Trailhead modules available, check out this article for more information.
This post has provided a brief summary of the announcements from the AI Day keynote. The keynote covered a wide range of topics (and case studies) to highlight how Salesforce will help its customers get the best out of Generative AI. Whilst this is still an emerging technology, there is plenty for businesses and individuals to be excited about.
If you want to get ahead of the curve, be sure to keep an eye out for further announcements and check-out the Trailhead modules!
Until next time, thanks for reading! 🐧
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