AI Unleashed: Maximizing Business Value with OpenAI, LangChain, Pinecone, and Neo4J

In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) to revolutionize business practices is clear. Leading the charge are technologies like OpenAI, LangChain, Pinecone, and Neo4J – powerful tools capable of constructing highly efficient personal AI assistants. #AI #OpenAI #LangChain #Pinecone #Neo4J

I’ve recently been rereading about the Renaissance. Although I did a history A-level, it’s been a few years. One standout item is the creativity that occurred in a relatively short period of time. Today in business, we’re obsessed with diversity, but it was diversity that ultimately resulted in such an explosion of creativity in the Renaissance period. It’s this amalgamation of ideas that has me excited for the future of AI training. The new large language models built on even larger more diverse sets of data I believe will result in real breakthroughs. Greater than what we’ve already seen in the next few years – DeepMind has already given us, AlphaFold. But what lies around the corner will be even more exciting. To leverage this business leaders need to be more technically aware and willing to understand technologies.

Because AI assistants will not only bolster productivity but also serve as vital assets in customer value creation. They can automate routine tasks, provide critical insights, and even retain a history of interactions for intelligent search capabilities. The beauty of such systems lies in their ability to learn and adapt, making them invaluable allies in the pursuit of business excellence. #BusinessTransformation #ValueCreation

However, to fully harness the potential of these technologies, a basic understanding is crucial. This knowledge empowers, CTOs, and Product Managers to make informed decisions and strategically incorporate these tools into groundbreaking capabilitiesinto their operations. It’s not about becoming a technical expert, but rather understanding enough to appreciate the capabilities and potential applications of these technologies. #Leadership #DecisionMaking

For example, OpenAI’s GPT-3 can generate human-like text, making it a powerful tool for customer service or content creation. LangChain facilitates props and chain of thought reasoning, a boon for supporting better output with less hallucinations. Pinecone, a vector database, excels at handling complex, high-dimensional data, while Neo4J, a graph database, is exceptional for mapping relationships and finding patterns.

Imagine having a personal AI assistant that not only responds to customer queries in real time but also leverages past interactions to provide personalized responses. It could analyse sentiment to predict customer behavior and recommend actions to improve customer satisfaction. Such potential is no longer a distant dream, but a tangible reality within our grasp.

Understanding and using these technologies is not just about staying ahead in the digital race. It’s about transforming how we do business and unlocking unprecedented levels of value creation and 10x productivity. The future is here, but to leverage it you need to work with and engage the right tools and skills . #FutureIsNow #DigitalTransformation

10x Productivity and Engagement with AI-Generated Visuals and Voices

In this short blog post, I want to share my experience using two remarkable AI technologies: AI Automatic 1111 GUI and Eleven Labs speech tech. These tools can help you create stunning visual and audio content with minimal effort and cost.

Automatic 1111 GUI is a browser interface for Stable Diffusion, a deep learning model that can generate realistic images from text descriptions. You can use it to create anything from surreal paintings to photorealistic portraits, just by typing what you want to see. You can also edit existing images by sketching, inpainting, outpainting or upscaling them. AI Automatic 1111 GUI lets you choose from different models, adjust various parameters, clone or design new voices, and merge checkpoints. I have been using it to create all my recent blog post images.

Eleven Labs speech tech is a voice technology research company that develops the most compelling AI speech software for publishers and creators. Their Prime Voice AI platform can convert any text to speech in any voice and any emotion with unprecedented fidelity and context awareness. You can use it to voice news articles, newsletters, blogs, audiobooks, videos or games. You can also clone voices from surprisingly small samples or create entirely new synthetic voices from scratch. The authentic storytelling potential for this is significant and although It does not yet supports the nuance of Stephen Fry’s reading say Harry Potter. However, with a little effort and the creation of voices, I would image we are not that far away.

It’s truly amazing how these technologies can work together to create uber-personalization for an audience. I used AI Automatic 111 GUI to generate these images on my blog. It’s crazy what you can do with it for example these images are based on me having trained the model on some pictures of myself and if I ever wanted to know what I might look like as a woman; well know I know! The important thing to realize here is that they are not “photoshopped” they are totally computer generated.

I used Eleven Labs speech tech to clone my own voice from a 15-second recording it’s a bit bazar to hear yourself say something you have never said! But the potential for this is enormous. As a Dyslexic person who does not find reading a pleasure, I can see a host of user cases. For example, in the games industry, when playing a computer game, you could have the narrate spoken out loud in your own voice. Many AAA game have voice actors for large amounts of text, but the quests are still written and require the payer to read.  I have also experimented having my blog read in my own voice the result was a personalized audio experience that sounded surprisingly just like me. It is of course, possible to combine  Automatic 111 GUI and Eleven Labs tech along with some animation to combine the two.  

Eleven Labs and Automatic 1111 GUI have the potential to be game-changers in the B2B, B2C, and B2B4C spaces, transforming industries in ways we’ve yet to fully imagine. As someone who began my career around the same time as the internet was emerging, I’ve witnessed first-hand the transformative power of technology. AI is already revolutionizing the way we work and create, with machine learning driving ever-faster improvements.

Businesses of all sizes need to embrace these new technologies and transition to an AI-powered future. Just as everyone was building a website in the early days of the internet, I believe that soon everyone will be shifting to an AI-powered agent. These agents can work 24/7, delivering a 10x productivity boost for businesses of all sizes. And for those Woking in marketing looking to create engaging content without spending too much time or money on production, these technologies are a must-have.

At Curious Cognition, we help businesses understand how AI technologies can be applied to create game-changing products and services and support a 10x productivity increase. If you’re interested in trying them out, visit their websites or contact me to schedule a call for an overview of what’s possible.

In my next article, I’ll be sharing my experimentation with an open-source project called Auto GTP, as well as two products: LangChain and Pinecone, which make the creation of intelligent agents possible today. Stay tuned for more insights on how AI is changing the game!  

Rapid product prototyping with Low-Code Dev and GPT-4.0 unlocking 10x productivity.

As businesses look for ways to increase productivity and drive growth, the combination of low-code development and OpenAI’s GPT-4.0 technology presents a compelling solution. Low-code development platforms allow businesses to create applications with minimal coding, while OpenAI’s GPT-4.0 brings natural language processing capabilities that can automate various tasks. By combining these technologies, businesses can achieve remarkable productivity gains and free up valuable resources to focus on innovation.

Some of the key benefits of using low-code development in combination with OpenAI GPT-4.0 include faster development times, improved accuracy, and reduced costs. With low-code development, product managers can quickly prototype and test new product ideas, building prototypes to validate learning quickly. OpenAI GPT-4.0 can also improve the quality of customer service by providing intelligent chatbots that can answer customer queries in natural language, freeing up customer service agents to focus on more complex issues.

To make the most of low-code development with OpenAI GPT-4.0, businesses should consider investing in employee training to help them fully leverage the power of these technologies. Additionally, businesses should work with experienced partners who can help them design and implement custom solutions tailored to their specific needs.

By adopting low-code development with OpenAI GPT-4.0, businesses can accelerate their digital transformation journeys and speed up the development of prototypes to help support validated learning while unlocking significant productivity gains. With the correct planning and a commitment to ongoing innovation, teams and businesses can achieve remarkable results and position themselves for success.

#LowCodeDevelopment #OpenAI #GPT4 #ProductivityGains #DigitalTransformation #Chatbots #NaturalLanguageProcessing #Automation

How to Achieve Sustainable Growth in a High-Inflation Environment

As high-interest rates and inflation dominate headlines, angel investors and private equity firms alike are on the lookout for lucrative returns. In this increasingly challenging financial landscape, businesses must prioritise profitability and sustainability to thrive. One key to unlocking this potential is embracing the transformative power of AI, smart agents, and low/no code development, which allows for a 10x productivity revolution.

Here are four crucial strategies for businesses to succeed in today’s high-inflation environment:

1. Solidify business plans: With investors scrutinising every detail, businesses must present robust, well-researched plans demonstrating a clear path to profitability, not just growth. Incorporate the latest advancements in AI and smart agents to optimise operations and drive efficiency.

2. Update & develop relevant product roadmaps: As AI and smart agents become ubiquitous in the next five years, businesses must ensure their product roadmaps align with this reality. Focus on creating innovative solutions that leverage AI and smart agent technologies to meet customer needs and stay ahead of the competition. Its highly likey your mid-term roadmap needs to change if it has not already.

3. Embrace the 10x productivity revolution: AI and smart agents have the potential to unlock a 10x increase in productivity. By adopting these technologies, businesses can optimise processes, enhance customer experiences, and maximise value creation amid inflationary pressures.

4. Prioritise profitable and sustainable growth: It’s essential to focus on business fundamentals. By ensuring sustainable growth and profitability, businesses can better navigate economic challenges and attract the interest of investors seeking dependable returns.

Businesses must adapt to the rapidly changing economic landscape by focusing on solid business plans and relevant product roadmaps and embracing the 10x productivity revolution driven by AI, smart agents and low/no-code development.

#AI #SmartAgents #Inflation #BusinessGrowth #Sustainability #10xProductivity #Profitability #Innovation #AngelInvestors #PrivateEquity

Meanings and Feelings

Winning Hearts and Minds

Firstly, I want to thank everyone that reached out to me over the holiday period after my first Curious Cognition blog article. It struck a chord with many of you and so instead of focusing this article purely on product management, which was my original plan, I am going to go a little deeper on why storytelling works and what it means in a B2B contest. I am also going to talk about the importance of persona for product management and messaging as part of the article.

I have recently had many colleagues and friends telling me to, “drop the whole storytelling thing” now. They have told me to focus on my product management skills as they are what organisations will want and will pay top dollar for. Which is why our focus for curious cognition is product management related. Having said that, authentic storytelling as a skill is so compelling and useful to different roles inducing product managers, that I feel it deserves at least a little more attention in this article. We are all familiar with the concepts of winning people’s hearts and minds, but do we win the heart or the mind first? Does it even matter if B2B is only organisations talking to other organisations?

Where is the P in B2B?

Is there such a thing as Business 2 Business? Or is it Business 2 Person 2 Business in reality – (B2P2B)? I hope we all know the answer to this – people are still the interfaces to business, not exclusively of course, as API’s and the handoffs between them play an increasingly essential role in digital business; in true platform business they play a vital role. However, I want this article to focus on people. We will leave API’s for another article, people in sales, in marketing, in product management, in finance, in purchasing… You name it, these people are everywhere and to make it worse they are different colours, have different attitudes and backgrounds and depending on the day, they may be in a good or bad mood. Yet in traditional B2B business marketing, you would think people don’t exist. Yes, there are pictures of people everywhere in B2B marketing and yes, they are different colours, sexes and backgrounds as you would expect.

A lot of the time however, the content that’s communicated in B2B sounds like a business talking to business:

“I am a leader in my field; therefore, you obviously want to buy from me”

“We have more of X and more of Y, and therefore you want to buy from me”

Does this sound familiar? If you don’t believe me, go and look on the web now, I just found half a dozen examples. I don’t want to make myself unpopular, so I am not going to share them! My point is many businesses sound arrogant pompous and insincere.

In some cases, more progressive messaging teams are building messages that speak to the users or the buyers, however often the two personas get confused. I have seen this problem first hand in my career and it’s a problem not just for sales and marketing, it’s a challenge for product managers as well. If you don’t have a clear view of who the customer is, how can you prioritise the requirements for your backlog? How do you prevent bloatware and all the additional costs it drives? (build time, quality assurance, support, training, sales enablement, etc.) In my personal experience, I have seen products that did not know who the target audience were, this kind of mistake is value destroying and it is not as uncommon as it might sound.

I have this feeling

As people, we are all share many of the same feelings. Recent research shows there are at least seven universal facial expressions that cross-cultural barriers. These are: happiness, sadness, fear, disgust, anger, contempt and surprise. We can all recognise them, we are pre-programmed from shortly after birth to do so. A message that resonates with us that triggers a feeling, is far more powerful than one that “bounces off”. A lot of B2B marketing in my view bounces off customers. It fails to recognise that we are emotional beings with feelings of hope and aspirations. I think, we are seeing more businesses that would have traditionally sold directly to the business, increasingly sell to the individuals within a business. The first company that did this was who launched with an inspired marketing campaign build around No Software. They were one of the first Software as a service (SaaS) business models that are becoming increasingly standard today – it’s all about subscriptions. They use the cognitive bias known as ‘Anchoring’ – this is the human tendency to frame subsequent assessments around an initial piece of information. By claiming the solution was No Software, they made it easier for the sale people who they targeted directly to work around the IT departments. It was the beginning of the end for the IT department as the sole owner of the software solution. Today we see more and more businesses targeting the end user directly. Project management tools like and AirTable are good examples of this with adverts proudly boasting “what it feels like to use Monday”. Their YouTube videos also talk about emotional things such as “Your girlfriend leaves you” hardly what we see from the traditional B2B marketing efforts.

So feelings do have a place in B2B marketing?

If feeling has a place, then emotions must have a place also. After all, feeling and emotions are effectively the same. The definition of a feeling is an emotional state or reaction. I think they do have a place and for me, this underlines why storytelling works. When we hear a good story, it triggers an emotional response. A ghost story where the hairs on the back of our neck stand up, or a story about overcoming adversity where we feel proud for the company we work for. If we want to trigger emotional responses, we need to consider the words we use carefully and with meaning when we build messaging frameworks in marketing and how we make marketecture’s in product management.  This link demonstrates how all these words matter and if we want to trigger an emotional response, we need to use adjectives, as this helps express the tone, feelings, and emotions of our words by accentuating the point. Picking the right adjectives for your product, narrative, purpose, values, vision or strategy matter… no, they REALLY matter.

Most of us are familiar with the research that shows how quickly interviewers make decisions. Much of this is based on feeling, heuristics and cognitive biases. Examples include halo/horn bias, affective bias, confirmation bias, anchoring bias (which I mentioned above) and nonverbal bias are some of the most significant used in interviews

So, if feelings matter, then the meanings of the words we use must also matter for all the communication we do – whether you’re writing product user stories, marketing copy, creating investment pitches, sales pitches, compiling an earnings announcement or announcing a new strategy or change in strategic direction. So often, getting everyone on the same page fails because we don’t consider just how much the messages matter and whether they contradict or support each other – they often contradict, especially in bigger business.

I have worked with organisations where the ‘strategy’ felt like a lottery of keywords and phrases, each selected by a different senior leader, all delivered as a smorgasbord of strategic options and generic statements. “Win in sales” – FFS! Who doesn’t want to win in sales?! I have also worked with organisations with a coherent, focused strategic narrative that inspired, focused and constrained the options before us and explained how we were going to achieve something. Getting everyone pointing in the same direction, committed to the cause, drinking the cool aid, motivated, excited, aligned… I could go on, but you get the idea. This can be so powerful and yet it’s far from universal, in part because everyone is using a different set of words to describe what they want to achieve. There is a general lack of alignment between intent and action, often because of the quality of communication – with many businesses favouring the number of communications over the over quality. The way messaging is built and managed also contributes to this challenge.

A physical feeling

All words have meanings, but some trigger feelings some of which can be visceral – a physical feeling brought about though emotions. I am guessing as I conclude, some of you will feel uneasy with all this talk of emotions in a B2B context. However, as we have established, even in B2B there are people – people with cognitive biases can’t help themselves. You can’t hope to win people over with logic alone, and many studies have shown this.  One pricing example: Two groups, equal groups, were offered two different offers a 35% discount or a staff discount at 30%. Logically you would expect the 35% to have performed better, but the staff discount with a compelling story performed better. Maybe because of the story that went around the pricing and because we expect staff to get the best discounts.

Next month I promise to leave the squishy feeling stuff alone. I am going to deep dive on a product topic that’s been described as ‘Elephant Carpaccio’ and often manifests its self as ‘How do you prioritise a backlog when it’s too big, and your senior leadership keep adding more to it.’

If your curious about the power of authentic storytelling in a business environment this is the event for you. You will hear from Jason Nash the founder of Curious Cognition, and about his work building a company narrative for Travelport supporting its repositioning effort form B2B Global Distribution System to B2B4C Travel Commerce & Retailing Platform. He will also share some storytelling tricks and tips.  You will find this interesting if you’re a B2B Brand Manager, Marketing Managers, Sales Managers and Product Managers.