Artificial intelligence in the tanners toolkit

Redwood Comment
Published:  24 January, 2023
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World Economic Forum

At last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos AI was high up the agenda as a tool already making a difference and likely to help many new technologies start to make a big difference even by 2025. Talking with a colleague in the U.S. who works on high level business strategy we agreed that it now time to have regenerative AI “in the room” during many discussions. Some computer companies already use AI to suggest the next line to computer coders, and other businesses get help with customer correspondence. It is being worked on as a tool to help researchers pick out better hypotheses faster with wide and deep searches combined with the ability to look for types of linkages that offer breakthrough solutions. 

Used in this way it offers support to our work and the chance to accelerate processes to assist advancement and discovery.

So, do not expect Chat GPT and its friends to start replacing jobs but start experimenting with where and how they might contribute. Leather is complex. It has many raw materials, many geographies and husbandry methods heading to diverse markets with many areas where a supercharged “Wikipedia with added skills” might contribute. That is why Microsoft appears close to buying 10% of OpenAI with the thought that it might boost their Bing Search Engine, among other things. Throughout the leather supply network and across the business functions there is work to be done.

Our continued attacks against competitive materials are already starting to sound like the defence of a static position while competitors encircle us. A little extra help in getting our foot on to the accelerator of progress can only be for the good.

Mike Redwood

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