Artificial Genetic Intelligence (AGI) emerged so suddenly last year that it seemed entirely new. While the “hype cycle” pressured companies worldwide to rethink their strategies for artificial intelligence, it’s worth remembering that the technology itself is not new. AI-powered software has been around for years, offering smaller glimpses into how one can achieve success today and what pitfalls to avoid.
The first robo-advisor was introduced by Wealthfront (then known as KaChing) in 2008. And who could forget Clippy, Microsoft’s embedded assistant released in 1996?
Many robo-advisors were initially met with disappointment as they offered little more than promoting pre-selected products and portfolios. Meanwhile, Clippy’s unforgettable presence bordered on annoyance and has since become a meme. However, the failure of these applications to meet expectations and provide value to end users should influence the path that businesses take today with new, genetically intelligent robo-advisors—especially in the finance and payment sectors.
Indeed, closed-loop iterations of artificial intelligence in the past did not impact today’s enthused and satisfied audience that craves a smart and capable personal assistant to help them make decisions. They simply want consistency capable of providing individualized, real-time answers.
Today’s AGI ecosystem, compared to a decade ago, reflects advancements in AI applications and highlights the need for companies to focus on the functionality, purpose, and capabilities of their desired genetic AI software for the general public. For example, Microsoft continues to enhance its offering with the AI Copilot companion, even going as far as adding a new button, the first on its keyboard in over three decades. On the other hand, OpenAI launched the GPT Store on Wednesday, January 10.