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A Manager's AI Toolkit: Unleash productivity and increase efficiency with AI

A Manager's AI Toolkit: Unleash productivity and increase efficiency with AI

Peak Ace

June 11, 2024

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  1. A Manager's AI Toolkit Unleash productivity & increase efficiency with

    AI Bastian Grimm | Peak Ace AG | @basgr 17th May 2024
  2. From healthcare to education and jobs – hardly any aspect

    of our everyday lives will remain unaffected by AI. AI is changing everything
  3. 5 peakace.agency Billions of bits of information have been published

    on the internet for decades – and they are all available as training data for LLMs. #1
  4. Machines are now able to take over various human activities

    and make precise predictions. Progress in Deep Learning #2
  5. Significant advances in cloud, infrastructure and consumer technology are making

    it easier and cheaper than ever to develop and deploy AI technology. Resource Availability #3
  6. Those advancements will not only have an impact on AI

    development, but also on our work life
  7. 9 peakace.agency How people are using GenAI Six top-level themes

    give an immediate sense of what generative AI is currently being used for: Source: https://pa.ag/4brddtI - Technical Assistance & Troubleshooting (23%) - Content Creation & Editing (22%) - Personal & Professional Support (17%) - Learning & Education (15%) - Creativity & Recreation (13%) - Research, Analysis & Decision Making (10%)
  8. 16 peakace.agency What did I bring for you today? Email

    & Messaging Online Meetings Excel & Sheets LinkedIn & Social Media Research & Summaries Audio, Video & Images Workflow Automation Custom GPTs
  9. Large Language Models (LLMs) are AI systems trained on vast

    data sets (thus “large”) to understand, predict and generate data using transformer-based neural networks. Simply put:
  10. 21 peakace.agency Information Retrieval and Analysis LLMs can sift through

    large volumes of text data to extract relevant information, summarise key points, and answer questions, making them valuable for research, data analysis, and decision-making support. Personalised Recommendations LLMs can analyse user preferences and behaviour to provide personalised recommendations, such as articles or products, thus enhancing UX and engagement. Natural Language Processing LLMs excel in understanding language, making them ideal for applications such as chat bots, language translation, sentiment analysis, and text summarisation. What are LLMs good at?
  11. 23 peakace.agency Understanding Context Beyond Training Data LLMs may not

    perform well in situations requiring an understanding of context or knowledge beyond their original training data set. Making Ethical or Moral Judgments LLMs lack the ability to make ethical or moral judgments and should not be used in situations where such considerations are crucial. Most LLMs’ decisions are also biased. Limited Understanding and Reasoning LLMs can't form a chain of logical conclusions, instead they’re following probability rules; even if the most common answer to a question is irrational or outright wrong, it will still provide said answer. What are LLMs NOT good at?
  12. 25 peakace.agency With generative AI, 30% of the hours worked

    today could be automated by 2030. Source: https://pa.ag/3FbhX8J
  13. According to Microsoft, office workers spend up to 8.8 hours

    a week on emails (writing, responding, sorting, email threads, …) 2 hours of emails per day! Source: https://pa.ag/3JKzRlc
  14. 29 peakace.agency Compose AI: A Chrome extension to make you

    fast(er) A free Chrome extension to automate your writing Source: https://pa.ag/41TToay
  15. 30 peakace.agency How does this work? Just type "//" on

    any website to trigger the Compose AI context window:
  16. 31 peakace.agency MailMaestro: Bringing Open AI LLMs directly to Outlook

    Generate custom emails and responses based on short prompts; create one click email thread summaries including action points for the receiver: Source: https://pa.ag/3yguk35
  17. 32 peakace.agency There‘s tons of different solutions out there Depending

    on your use-case (team usage, web-based, cold emailing, etc.) and "personal taste" you might want to try any of the following:
  18. 34 peakace.agency People actually spend A LOT of time in

    (virtual) meetings… The majority of people (83.13% of respondents) spend a third of the week (up to 12 hours) in meetings Source: https://pa.ag/3QyOdbZ As a manager, for me it's not that uncommon to spend more than half of my work week (20+ hours) in different meetings.
  19. The cost of bad meetings is more than $37 billion

    annually Source: https://pa.ag/44BZGxl
  20. Mainly due to a lack of clear objectives, not having

    a pre-set agenda (or no agenda at all) or due to too many attendees. An astounding 67% of meetings are a failure Source: https://pa.ag/3Qx2vKo
  21. 37 peakace.agency My current favourite: tl;dv.io With tl;dv, a bot

    will join your meeting ready to record and transcribe. Often, catching up is faster than joining a live meeting – so this will allow you to reclaim some of your valuable focus hours: Source: https://pa.ag/4bI7WhR What I really like: ▪ Instantly jump to relevant meeting moments (using timestamps & tags) ▪ Skim or copy parts of the transcript (in 25+ languages) ▪ Solve time zone differences once and for all with async meetings
  22. 38 peakace.agency Otter.ai for automated meeting notes & summaries Another

    meeting assistant that records audio, writes notes, automatically captures slides, and generates summaries: Source: https://pa.ag/3LhCcWC Word of advice (and caution, again): It's super practical but getting consent to record is important, especially since some services can automatically send meeting summaries by email afterwards! Also, I am not a lawyer.
  23. 39 peakace.agency Very strong with languages: Sembly supports 42 in

    total! Pretty neat: Automatically stream meeting notes and tasks to task management tools such as Slack, Trello, etc. Bonus: Sembly is GDPR compliant and SOC 2 Type II certified! Source: https://pa.ag/3JRAn0N
  24. 41 peakace.agency FormulaBot: Turn your problem into a formula Transform

    your text instructions into Excel formulas, charts or a full-blown analysis in seconds: It’s like ChatGPT inside your spreadsheet and includes: ▪ Sentiment analysis ▪ Text classification & categorisation ▪ Information retrieval ▪ Freeform-style chat dialogue Source: https://pa.ag/4a7JvJ6
  25. 42 peakace.agency Numerous.ai: A simple way to use ChatGPT on

    a big scale Numerous.ai provides a simple and very powerful solution for using ChatGPT inside Google Sheets and Excel – because spreadsheets aren't just for numbers! Source: https://pa.ag/3y4ugDN =NUM.AI("extract the name from the text:"; A1)
  26. 43 peakace.agency MS Copilot + Excel: Taking data analysis to

    a whole new level! Super pumped for this, as it’ll enable just about anyone to question, analyse, visualise and refine data effortlessly: Source: https://pa.ag/49YhhBe
  27. 45 peakace.agency Some of my core ChatGPT use cases right

    now Do research Create outlines Create summaries Validate [things] Ideation & concepts Speed-up learning Simplify content Write code
  28. It's essentially how humans can talk to AI. It's a

    way to express what we want and how we want it, usually done with words. Prompting?
  29. ChatGPT doesn‘t ask questions – it fills gaps with assumptions.

    In contrast, any human being would ask questions if they didn't understand something. Also keep in mind:

  31. 50 peakace.agency Use ChatGPT to summarise, simplify and get key

    take-aways: In addition, it allows you “to chat” with e.g. PDFs (in my case a complex document describing a patent):
  32. 53 peakace.agency For (complex) data, drag ’n’ drop CSV and

    explain columns E.g., upload Sistrix data exports & explain columns to get a quick first overview of untapped potentials: Convenience = on-the-fly fixes […] data from the spreadsheet appears to be incorrectly delimited, resulting in a single column containing all data […] it has been successfully reformatted, revealing several columns […]
  33. You could do the exact same for e.g., your sales

    data, your teams’ performance data, etc.
  34. 55 peakace.agency Did you know? You can link using pre-filled

    prompts! You can also link directly to pre-filled prompts and execute them – which works for both Custom GPTs and GPT-4 models. Simply add the query string (using “q=xxx“) to the end of your ChatGPT URL. Source: https://pa.ag/crsum 𝗙𝗼𝗿 any C𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗚𝗣𝗧 𝗮𝗱𝗱: ?q=your+prompt+goes+here 𝗙𝗼𝗿 the 𝗚𝗣𝗧-𝟰 𝗯𝗮𝘀𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗱𝗲𝗹: ?model=gpt-4&q=your+prompt Use directly in your Chrome browser
  35. 57 peakace.agency Create more and better LinkedIn content with AI

    using Taplio Establishing a personal brand on LinkedIn is a key pillar of growth. Stop wasting endless hours writing your next post and get fresh ideas using Taplio’s content inspiration layer. Source: https://pa.ag/4b3fSKh
  36. 60 peakace.agency Creating AI prompts is a key skill for

    any generative AI Whoever formulates the best, most creative and most unique AI prompts will create the best content (and save AI/API credits) – this is especially true for images: Source: https://pa.ag/3UO2fcz There is a marketplace (promptbase.com), which is dedicated to trading prompts – use it for inspiration!
  37. 61 peakace.agency Need help and/or inspiration? Try DS Prompt Builder:

    Source: https://pa.ag/3JbNxFM Super-simple drag & drop prompt building based on visual elements to choose style, lightning, etc.
  38. 62 peakace.agency Midjourney V6 has got REALLY good… just wow!

    Our all-time favourite AI text-to-image generation tool that's available right now: Source: https://pa.ag/3L1O5iE & https://pa.ag/3C11Zwo Naturally, there's more:
  39. 63 peakace.agency Also, lots of really handy tools such as

    cleanup.pictures Remove any unwanted object, defect or even people from your picture in seconds Source: https://pa.ag/4aaoJc1
  40. 64 peakace.agency Recommended use-cases for generative image AI Even though

    we‘re still at an early stage, the uses mentioned below are very much possible today and allow for time and cost savings, as well as efficiency gains: Header images e.g., for blog posts or newsletters Social images e.g., for your various feeds such as LinkedIn, Insta, etc. Images for slides e.g., for pitch presentations, slide decks or story boards Image modification e.g., clean-ups, object removal, up-scaling, etc.
  41. 65 peakace.agency beatoven.ai: Create customisable royalty free music beatoven.ai uses

    AI music generation to compose unique mood-based music to suit every part of your creative piece, such as video (can be dragged and dropped while creating): Source: https://pa.ag/3T9xQD4
  42. 66 peakace.agency Suno AI takes it to the next level!

    Essentially, you can turn a single line text prompt into a full-blown song, including lyrics etc, if you want: Source: https://pa.ag/3WuVWf4
  43. 67 peakace.agency More AI audio & music tools Especially helpful

    when you need to clean up audio & video recordings (noisy background, irrelevant voices, or just general quality improvements): Krisp AI: Removes background voices, noises and echoes from all your calls Cleanvoice AI: Removes filler sounds, stuttering and mouth sounds from podcasts or audio recordings Podcastle AI: Studio-quality recording, editing, and seamless exporting – in a single web platform soundraw.io: Royalty-free music, AI generated based on mood, genre and length Descript.com: Write, record, transcribe and edit video and podcasts Soundbite AI: Turn new and existing audio and video content into ready-to-edit social media posts, and summaries
  44. 69 peakace.agency Source: https://pa.ag/3Usq4oI Have you tried Make.com? Boost productivity

    across every area or team. Use Make to design powerful workflows without having to rely on developer resources.
  45. 70 peakace.agency More than "just" no-code workflow automation Simply drag

    and drop apps to automate existing workflows or build new complex processes to save time: Source: https://pa.ag/3Usq4oI
  46. Custom GPTs are a way to create tailored, custom versions

    of ChatGPT that combine instructions, extra knowledge, and any combination of skills. What are Custom GPTs (for ChatGPT)?
  47. 73 peakace.agency A Custom GPT in its simplest form: Using

    Peak Ace’s Structured Data GPT to debug and fix errors in JSON-LD mark-up
  48. 75 peakace.agency Making GPTs smarter with external data A Custom

    GPT can also be used to fetch additional information from a third-party data-source via API:
  49. Here‘s a quick three-step guide on how to DIY it.

    So, how can you build this yourself?
  50. 77 peakace.agency #1 Provide basic info to get started (name,

    description, …) Login to ChatGPT > choose Explore GPTs > Create (you need ChatGPT Plus) Well defined instructions are key, think prompting.
  51. 78 peakace.agency #2 Create an ‘Action’ to call a 3rd

    party API Head to your API provider and grab your credentials. In our case this was the API Dashboard at DataForSEO.com: Get the OpenAPI Schema for DataForSEO: https://pa.ag/3Pa7oZ3 To use with an action, you need to generate a base64- encoded version of your login credentials: btoa(‘APIemail:APIpass’) The annoying part: you need a Schema according to the OpenAPI spec. But no one reads docs anymore – we just leverage ChatGPT to do this:
  52. Remember: APIs usually aren‘t free, so make sure you only

    publish your new Custom GPT for yourself! #3 Test and publish your GPT
  53. 80 peakace.agency When to use a Custom GPT? Long-term context

    Custom GPTs are a really powerful tool to ensure instructions remain contextualised over long periods of time. Besides seamless 3rd party data integration, here are my top-3 reasons why building and using Custom GPTs can help a lot: Building workflows Custom GPTs are best suited for composing workflows aimed at people who don’t know how to properly design context with prompt sequences. Sharing instructions For sharing the exact same instructions e.g., cross-team, without having to worry about specifying them (and how) at prompt level.
  54. 83 peakace.agency Claude AI by Anthropic Claude's larger context window

    (up to 150k words) makes it better for analysis and summaries. Their new model ‘Opus’ is even more powerful: Source: https://pa.ag/3WMmTLB
  55. 84 peakace.agency Over at Google: say goodbye to Bard and

    hello to Gemini – Google’s AI chat bot got a new name (and some new features)
  56. 85 peakace.agency Typingmind.com: Manage ALL your LLMs in one place

    The leading chat frontend UI to connect with ChatGPT, Gemini, Claude, and more through API – to consolidate your teams’ efforts, centrally manage access and much more: Source: https://pa.ag/4b9UKlN
  57. 86 peakace.agency Langdock: Model agnostic & GDPR compliant Langdock integrates

    with LLMs from all providers as well as open-source models for maximum flexibility Source: https://pa.ag/3y1q33s
  58. 88 peakace.agency AI recognises vocal differences in the voice Medical

    researchers have trained an AI to recognise 14 vocal differences in the voice of someone with type 2 diabetes compared to someone without diabetes: Source: https://pa.ag/4bW0mAR The auditory features that the AI focused on included slight changes in pitch and intensity, which human ears cannot distinguish.
  59. 89 peakace.agency Understanding basic biology (better) with AlphaFold "By unlocking

    the modelling of protein and ligand structures together with nucleic acids and those containing post- translational modifications, our model provides a more rapid and accurate tool for examining fundamental biology.” Sources: https://pa.ag/4aiQVJW & https://pa.ag/40IuR87 The healthcare system will improve (and it desperately needs to) ▪ Agents will also help healthcare professionals make more informed decisions and be more productive. ▪ Agents will help patients to triage more easily, get advice on how to deal with health problems and decide whether they should seek treatment.
  60. 90 peakace.agency Humans and robots communicating via EEG interface "NOIR,

    a general-purpose, intelligent brain-robot interface system that enables humans to command robots to perform everyday activities through brain signals.” Source: https://pa.ag/3SIXi41 Our system demonstrates success in an expansive array of 20 challenging, everyday household activities […] The effectiveness is improved by its synergistic integration of robot learning algorithms, allowing for NOIR to adapt to individual users and predict their intentions […] The robot does the cooking, the necessary instructions come from just thinking about it.
  61. 91 peakace.agency Drastic improvements to current LLMs... ...as well as

    significantly more efficient (5x-10x) multi-modality implementations. Sources: https://pa.ag/3st19aN, https://pa.ag/3uggLid, https://pa.ag/3QP6MZ4 & https://pa.ag/3SEjIDu
  62. 92 peakace.agency AI is becoming more efficient? That may be

    true - but training efforts and costs will continue to explode from about $100 million today to as much as $10 billion by 2025 or 2026 (according to Dario Amodei, CEO of Anthropic) Source: https://pa.ag/3UMhL8t In two to five years, AI models will become so powerful due to so-called scaling laws that they will no longer need or be able to be controlled by humans, according to Amodei.
  63. 93 peakace.agency LLM Agents can autonomously hack websites Research indicates

    strong scaling laws and significantly lower costs compared to current methods. Source: https://pa.ag/3V1SUOw We show that LLM agents can auto- nomously hack websites, performing tasks as […] SQL injections without human feedback. Importantly, the agent does not need to know the vulnerability beforehand. […] we show that GPT-4 is capable of such hacks [and] is capable of autono- mously finding vulnerabilities in websites in the wild.
  64. 94 peakace.agency Let‘s not even get started on misinformation (at-scale):

    Sources: https://pa.ag/47Cy7nM & https://pa.ag/3MLCLrC
  65. 95 peakace.agency Have you seen Microsoft's VASA-1 yet? The model

    takes a single portrait photo and an audio clip to produce a hyper-realistic video; so essentially the model can turn 1 photo and 1 piece of audio into a fully lifelike human deepfake – beyond scary! Source: https://pa.ag/3UO3XL1 We have no plans to release an online demo, API, product, additional implementation details, or any related offerings until we are certain that the technology will be used responsibly and in accordance with proper regulations
  66. 97 peakace.agency What should you be prepared for? New players

    - in all areas (including chips, infrastructure, models, etc.), e.g. Leo AI, Samsung Gauss, etc. Significant progress in the areas of architecture & foundational models (LLMs etc.) Large-scale disinformation campaigns (in which it turns out in retrospect that AI played an important role) Greater impact on jobs (yep, prompting is fast becoming old news) AI will be significantly more interactive in the future (target setting is sufficient) and more natural to use (multimodality, etc.) Model development with a strong focus on human behaviour (see Microsoft LeMa)