My AI Predictions for 2024

By Pat Calhoun, Chief Executive Officer
November 16, 2023

As the CEO of Espressive, I have the opportunity to see how customers are embracing AI technologies and have participated in shaping the virtual agent market. These technologies hold great promise for businesses seeking to streamline operations, enhance employee experiences, and boost productivity.

Every year I like to share my predictions for the future of this space. This year, my predictions for 2024 focus on the increasing role of large language models (LLMs) in automating issue resolution. In addition, I predict we will see the continued dominance of automation, the rise of virtual agents in enterprise search, and the integration of virtual agents as a system of engagement for LLMs.

LLMs Will Take Center Stage in Automating Issue Resolution

In 2024, we can expect LLMs to play a greater role in automating the resolution of employee issues. These sophisticated language models will leverage extensive knowledge bases, past ticket resolutions, and historical data to deliver accurate and personalized responses more efficiently than ever before. LLMs will empower employees to resolve their issues quickly and seamlessly, while reducing the burden on human support teams.

Automation Will Continue Its Dominance

While LLMs will provide significant support in issue resolution, automation will remain a dominating force in the years to come. The relentless advancement of AI algorithms and robotic process automation (RPA) will enable businesses to automate repetitive tasks and processes, freeing up valuable time for employees to focus on more strategic and creative work. This automation-driven approach will drive efficiency, cost savings, and overall productivity improvements across various industries.

Virtual Agents Will Become a Staple for Enterprise Search

Enterprise search often presents a significant challenge for organizations. While some organizations will look to build this capability, my belief is virtual agents will emerge as essential tools for enhancing search capabilities within enterprises. By leveraging natural language processing, machine learning, and LLMs, virtual agents enable employees to find relevant information, documents, and knowledge resources cost effectively, quickly and conveniently. These intelligent agents will not only increase the speed and accuracy of enterprise search, but will also improve overall employee productivity and knowledge sharing across the organization.

Virtual Agents Will Emerge as the System of Engagement for LLMs

Virtual agents and LLMs will share a symbiotic relationship in the future. As LLMs evolve to be more sophisticated, virtual agents will serve as the primary system of engagement for interaction with users. Employees will be able to converse with the virtual agent, which (when appropriate) will intelligently leverage the LLMs knowledge to provide quick and relevant responses. This seamless integration between virtual agents and LLMs will fuel a conversational and user-friendly experience, enhancing employee satisfaction and increasing the overall efficiency of issue resolution.

I do believe 2024 holds exciting prospects for AI, virtual agents, and LLMs in the enterprise world. While I see LLMs taking a much more central role in resolving employee issues and requests, automation will drive the majority of the ROI. Further, resource constrained organizations will continue to look to their virtual agent vendors to deliver these capabilities out of the box.

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