ChatGPT, AI, Walmart robots and other news.


Here are five tech things that happened this week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?


1 – Small businesses use ChatGPT as a personal assistant.

DC News Now recently brought up a story about a working mother of three – Alexandria Allison – who uses ChatGPT for her professional coaching business. Allison said she mainly uses the AI ​​for social media marketing and added that it has given her enough content to engage with her followers for weeks. The end result is fruitful, as it has also attracted the attention of new customers. (Source: WAVY. com)

Why this is important for your business:

This was a fun story that shows in real life how a small business owner uses ChatGPT to improve her business. I’ve listed 27 uses for the small business AI chatbot in this previous article. You can expect this list to grow exponentially in the coming years.

2 – Google offers businesses new learning and consulting options on their AI journey.

TechCrunch’s Frederic Lardinois reported Google Cloud Advice – a new service that provides expertise and guidance on how to use generative AI. Aimed at “C-Suite leaders at large enterprises,” the service aims to give people informative suggestions on how to maximize AI while maintaining a sensible approach to how the technology is being used. (Source: TechCrunch)

Why this is important for your business:

While Google makes this available to larger enterprises, there are plenty of small and medium-sized businesses that can benefit from it. Recognizing this transitional period that professionals are in, Google is fulfilling a need of people to stay up to date with generative AI in order to stay competitive. To that end, Lardinois mentioned Google’s plan to also offer “new generative AI consulting … that helps its customers use AI to, say, analyze data.”

3 – Apple Messages app update brings voicemail transcription, a ‘Check-in’ location sharing feature and more.

Apple is rolling out some major updates to the most-used feature on the iPhone. The Messages app is getting some impressive upgrades that TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez reported. (Source: TechCrunch)

Why this is important for your business:

All of these changes can help you and your employees work more productively. One of the new features is “Check-in”, which allows iPhone owners to let their friends and family (or colleagues) know that they have arrived safely at their destination. The feature is also programmed to detect when a person is home or away from home and automatically sends a notification. Other features include viewing transcribed voice messages and a new “catch up” feature that allows users to quickly mark the first unread message in group chats.

4 – Meet your next colleague – Walmart’s Alphabot

Walmart is evolving with AI for the benefit of its employees. The megastore has improved the process of its fulfillment operations with the introduction of “Alpha bot— a robot assistant that pulls items from the fulfillment center to expedite grocery orders. Walmart’s Senior VP of Operations Southeast Region – shared how Alphabot will create jobs, not cut them. “As capacity grows, the company will need to hire more personal shoppers and fill more leadership positions…” Berkeley says of the new system. (Source: Fox business)

Why this is important for your business:

Walmart joins a growing list of retailers, distributors and manufacturers using AI to increase productivity in their warehouses. As the costs of these technologies fall, many more smaller companies will start doing the same.

5 – NASA selects small companies, research teams for technical development.

This week, NASA issued a press release announcing the recipients of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR). Program. In particular, eight Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) were included in NASA’s selection from 300 proposals. The press release also highlighted that more than 25 percent of recipients are owned by women and veterans (each proposal team receives $150,000). (Source: NASA)

Why this is important for your business:

Dedicated to space research and exploration since 1958, the agency champions the small business sector by funding more than 200 small businesses that will explore new technologies to “protect the health of astronauts” and other areas of research. “This program allows NASA to nurture groundbreaking ideas from a diversity of innovators across the country,” said Gynelle Steele, the program’s deputy director.