A Copilot into the future: Five key takeaways from AI Tour in São Paulo, Brazil 

Author: Eduardo Mecking

The AI Tour in São Paulo, Brazil, was an enlightening experience, offering a deep dive into the world of artificial intelligence (AI) and its transformative potential.  

We have now entered the second year of exploring Generative AI. Year one focused on comprehensively understanding the technology and practical scenarios to address basic productivity needs. As Generative AI progresses, we continuously discover new opportunities to drive productivity and enhance security.  

At the AI Tour in Sao Paulo, we showcased numerous possibilities for using Generative AI to achieve impactful business outcomes. We are eager to collaborate with you to bring your AI vision to life and achieve tangible results.  

 Here are some key takeaways and emerging trends we noted from the event: 

  1. Hands-on Problem Solving: The event was a hands-on experience – sessions, such as ‘Building your own Copilots with Microsoft Copilot Studio’ demonstrated that while tools like Copilot can significantly streamline processes, they do not negate the need for foundational knowledge in fields like business intelligence, data engineering, and data analytics. Attendees built chatbots using Microsoft Copilot Studio, highlighting the accessibility and utility of AI across industries. We also delved into setting project goals and licensing for AI projects while encouraging practical use case building and creative problem-solving. We have extensive experience designing, deploying, and maintaining innovative and secure solutions across industries. 
  2. Customized Chatbots and Powerful Virtual Agents: One of the most exciting trends we noted is the development of user-friendly platforms that allow people to customize powerful language models and build mini chatbots. Tools like Copilot aim to revolutionize our interactions with applications like Excel, Word, and Python. This development marks a leap in accessibility and efficiency for our clients, making generative AI useful for business leaders and technologists. 
  3. Multimodal AI: State-of-the-art AI models, such as GPT-4 and Gemini, are multimodal, meaning they can process not only text but images and even videos. This new capability will unlock broad new potential in content generation and new challenges in intellectual property, governance, and authentication. Our experience in every step of the practical AI implementation journey makes us the right partner for those considering applying multimodal methods. 
  4. Language Models and Open-Source Advancements: 2023 saw an explosion of increasingly efficient foundation models with open licenses. According to benchmarks, many open models outperform all but the most powerful closed-source models despite far smaller parameter counts. The tradeoffs between response accuracy, cost, and attack surfaces remain tricky, and we are here to help you navigate them. 
  5. Azure AI Services: Azure AI was repeatedly called out as a platform for automated applications informed by intelligent models that adapt to user preferences – from smart home devices to wearable health trackers and connected cars to industrial IoT, intelligent retail, and supply chains. Using Azure AI Services, we support businesses in efficiently managing large-scale transaction processing, ensuring effective handling of high volumes of transactions. Additionally, we help clients leverage Azure AI Services to develop support bots that handle customer queries, provide information, and create personalized experiences and recommendations based on user behavior and preferences. 

In conclusion, the AI Tour in São Paulo was more than just an event; it was a microcosm of AI’s current state and future potential in the business world. It offered a unique blend of technical insights, hands-on experience, and visionary perspectives, all while fostering a sense of community among professionals navigating the ever-evolving landscape of AI. 

Interested in learning more about how our AI expertise can empower you or your business? Contact us today to explore tailored solutions that meet your unique needs. Let us help you navigate the future, together.  

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