Since the dawn of the computing age, scientists have obsessed over the idea of thinking machines. For decades, researchers have worked to develop artificial intelligence (AI) systems capable of learning new things and mimicking the human brain.
In the past, AI seemed more like science fiction than an actual possibility. It looked like humans would always be better than machines at certain tasks like understanding speech, identifying faces, understanding emotions, controlling a vehicle, or creating art.
In the last few years, AI has come of age. Artificial intelligence can now do all sorts of things that once seemed impossible. Here are 19 things AI can do now:
8. Drive a car
18. Compose music
19. Create art
If a machine can do all those things, could it also optimize pricing?
In fact, forward-thinking B2B firms are already using analytics and price optimization tools with AI and deep learning capabilities to do a better job of maximizing their profits. However, a lot of them are keeping these activities quiet. Because AI is still in its infancy, companies that are using this technology are able to gain a competitive advantage—at least for now.
So does this new wave of artificial intelligence mean that you’re about to be replaced by a robot?
Maybe, but maybe not.
While some experts predict that as many as half of current knowledge worker jobs will one day be performed by computers, others envision a future where humans and machines work together to accomplish more than they could alone. And many note that, at least in the short term, AI is creating more jobs than it is replacing because the economy needs people to design, run, and maintain those AI systems.
In other words, the rise of AI means that some people will lose their jobs and some people won’t.
The key to being one of the pricing professionals who gets to keep their jobs is understanding how AI and price optimization technologies work. To help you get started, we have a couple of resources: a webinar called All About Price Optimization and a guide called Analytics or Optimization: Which Do You Need? In addition, stay tuned for more research and coverage of how AI is impacting the pricing profession.
All About Price Optimization
The term "price optimization" is being thrown around with such abandon these days that confusion, rather than clarity, is the more likely result. In this on-demand webinar, you'll learn what price optimization really is and how it works.
Analytics or Optimization... Which Do You Need?
When it comes to pricing technologies like pricing analytics and optimization, it's difficult to know which direction to take. But what if you could hear from an experienced practitioner who has actually used both pricing analytics and price optimization?