Artificial intelligence has quickly become a game-changer for small businesses — especially as the paths between AI and commerce continue to converge. According to Vantage Bank’s President and CEO Jeff Sinnott, the future of AI in business will be determined through “the intense competition among tech giants and startups. It’s a question of who will develop the next cutting-edge AI solution that will continue to drive integration.”
AI: The last 10 years
AI has come a long way from its early days. Modern apps run laps around their earlier versions, and the last few years have brought remarkable progress (we’re looking at you, Chat GPT).
AI can easily complete complex tasks, like leveraging global datasets to provide near-instant (and objective) solutions for the user. Businesses right here in San Antonio are already using AI in various ways, from virtual assistants like Siri to language models like Chat GPT to write emails, manage datasets, and more.
AI’s future looks promising, especially when it comes to commercial and customer applications: It has the potential to help streamline customer risk mitigation, and even prevent fraud. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t challenges.
“A balanced regulatory framework is essential to encourage innovation and prevent misuse,” explains Sinnott.
What does this mean for San Antonio?
Navigating the impact of AI on San Antonio’s workforce is an exercise in embracing uncertainty. Preparation, says Sinnott, is key. “Organizations must foster an adaptable and open mindset among employees.”
AI implementation is prominent in industries like banking, primarily due to their high regulatory requirements and security demands. Partnering with a bank that uses AI for fraud detection and customer behavior analysis can:
- Provide personalized services
- Improve decision-making
- Increase efficiency
All of which help team members focus on what’s important: Building personal relationships between the client and the bank.
Embracing AI and staying adaptable will open doors of opportunity for consumers and small businesses alike. Sinnott believes the AI race is officially on, and those who embrace change and innovation will thrive in the AI-driven future.