AI Corner

AI Corner

— Sumedh Nene

So, what have you been up to while the AI revolution continued like a juggernaut throughout October? 

If the tweets on X are any indication, OpenAI is expected to announce what could be the next big thing in AI: autonomous agents. What are they, you ask? I had the same question, so I dug deeper. 

These agents are software driven by AI that talk to and work with other software to get tasks done on their own, hence, the name autonomous. For example, if you ask such an agent to organize your 6-year old’s next birthday party, it could—in theory—interact with other apps independently to:

  • Connect with your email account and calendar to create an invite list
  • Generate an invitation card and send it to the people you specify (Come on! At least that you have to do.)
  • Order snacks from a food delivery app
  • Create a playlist and connect with your speakers

The application and use cases can vary quite a lot, however, this scenario above gives you an idea of what’s headed our way in a short while; such cases would be a significant step for AI. Let’s look at a few specific cases where autonomous agents are already in action.

  • MetaGPT simulates a company with a single prompt—it even has 30,000 stars on GitHub. MetaGPT helps you build apps using the power of natural language; if you can conceptualize the app in words, MetaGPT can build it for you. You enter a text prompt and MetaGPT converts that into a functional web application.
  • Google and Stanford created an interactive town with 25 AI agents to simulate human behavior.

My job in this AI-column is to bring wacky and interesting happenings from the AI world to you. As with all rumor mills, tweets, and predictions, I suggest you take this news with a huge sack of salt.

Tools corner – ChatGPT’s Advanced Data Analysis mode (ADAM) 

On to a little something about tools. Ever wonder what happens when two greats like ChatGPT and Microsoft Excel get together to chit-chat? This! 

If you haven’t thought of using ChatGPT for anything more than just the run-of-the-mill blogs and generating outlines for your next presentation, here is some food for thought. Consider using ChatGPT’s Advanced Data Analysis mode (ADAM) to analyze spreadsheets within ChatGPT, or use it in combination with Excel or Google Sheets. ADAM is a premium feature that was initially released as the Code Interpreter plugin in July 2023. You can upload data or code in it and prompt ChatGPT to perform analysis and generate insights. With this plugin, ChatGPT can create visuals like charts and heat maps as well as summarize the data.

You can automate or simplify data entry and cleaning, which otherwise is a tedious process taking up hours of your time. With the Data Analysis Mode on ChatGPT, you can clean or format the data and export it to Excel. Use it to perform tasks like removing duplicates, standardizing formats (such as dates and currencies), finding and replacing values, deleting values, and so on. 

Upload multiple sheets and prompt it to execute complex analyses with simple language, such as

  • Identifying trends across time or product segments
  • Analyzing customer feedback to generate insights
  • Running diagnostic analyses to find the precise point where a positive or negative trend starts
  • Performing forecasting based on historical trend data (predicting future trends like customer churn based on past data)

For complex charts, visualizations, and dashboards, upload a spreadsheet and ask ADAM to generate a number of insight-packed visualizations like:

  • Heat maps
  • Network graphs
  • Violin plots

Well, that’s a wrap for the October AI round-up. Let us know in the chat groups your thoughts on the eventual world of AI and or how you are letting it impact you!

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