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AI, Sudoku and the lily pond - the acceleration of the digital transformation

On November 8, 2022, I gave a keynote on digital trends at the Museum of Transport in Lucerne. On November 30 came ChatGPT. On December 15, I cancelled my Christmas vacation to completely review my courses and lectures and dive (deeply) into the AI pond. What happened? To understand what happened, let's first do a short mental exercise: I've been following the development of digitalization for over 25 years. So let's assume there is an idyllic pond, somewhere in a beautiful corner of the forest. There are beautiful water lilies in the pond. They have been growing steadily lately. Let's assume that the area of the pond covered by the water lilies has doubled every week over the last 25 years. Today, half of the pond is covered by water lilies. How long will it take until it is completely covered by water lilies? The answer to the water lily question above is: one week . This story is about exponential growth. What went down with A.I. use late last year is comparable to t

Beyond AI Assistance? A word on Closed Bot Exams

The world of education has seen significant changes over the years, with technology playing an increasingly important role in the way we learn, teach and do exams. In this blog post, we'll explore this transformation, the challenges it presents, and the potential benefits and drawbacks of what I call closed bot exams . As artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT have become more sophisticated, they pose challenges when it comes to assessing students' knowledge and skills fairly. In the experiment at the end of this blog, ChatGPT has correctly solved 86 of 89 multiple choice questions in the field of Business Analysis. Such performances naturally lead to the idea of closed bot exams, which prohibit the use of AI tools during assessments. Implementing closed bot exams requires a combination of organizational and technical measures. Organizational measures involve setting clear guidelines and expectations for students, emphasizing academic integrity, and providing training

Rethinking Exams in the Age of Chatbots

Today's experiment explores the potential of ChatGPT to assist me in the realm of exams, particularly within my field of teaching, Business Analysis. Can ChatGPT create a question for an exam? Indeed, it can do even more! In the experiment below, ChatGPT showcases (to varying extents) its ability to not only generate an exam question but also to engage in several related tasks: Generate a difficult critical question Solve the question Critically evaluate the solution (its own solution!) Attribute a mark between 1 and 6 Attribute a severe mark between 1 and 6 Defend a mark Refute a mark Generate a variation of the question which is difficult to solve Generate a variation of the question which is even more difficult to solve Give a correction scale with marks from 1 to 6  The impact of AI and chatbots like ChatGPT impact on university exams is becoming increasingly evident. Students and teachers alike are beginning to discover these tools, questioning their potential to generate, cor

Virtual Voices: Testing Business Ideas with Conversational Personas

In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, companies are continually seeking innovative ways to test and refine their ideas. One intriguing approach that I have recently tested with ChatGPT is the use of virtual, conversational personas to simulate a diverse range of perspectives and spark dynamic discussions around product development. Can virtual personas be a game-changing, low-cost tool for testing business ideas? What could be the  potential benefits and drawbacks of using AI-generated personas to moderate discussions and provide valuable insights into consumer behavior and preferences. Virtual personas can offer a cost-effective and scalable method for understanding consumer behavior and preferences. By simulating a wide array of perspectives, these personas can help businesses quickly adapt to changing consumer preferences and stay ahead of the competition. Moreover, virtual personas have also to potential to speed up the testing process, generating insights quickly and

The Snowflake Team - an introduction to conversational problem-solving with A.I.

In today's fast-paced world, problem-solving is becoming increasingly complex and dynamic. I believe that conversational snowflake teams are a promising evolution in problem-solving. A snowflake team is a problem-solving approach that involves bringing together a diverse discussion group of virtual individuals with unique perspectives and experiences to collaboratively address a particular issue or challenge . The term "snowflake team" came to my mind looking at snow falling into the termal baths of Leukerbad, Switzerland. It refers to the unique shape of snowflakes, which are created when ice crystals form around a nucleus in the atmosphere. Similarly, a snowflake team is formed around a central problem or question, with each member bringing their own unique insights and experiences to the table. My two experiments at the end of this post with ChatGPT as a roundtable moderator are an innovative way to explore the potential of snowflake teams in problem-solving. For simpl