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  • 1.  Generative AI, Data Science Help and Processes

    Posted Tue April 23, 2024 12:33 PM

    Hi all,

    As we all are experiencing, AI is IBM's thing now. However, leadership and management are just telling us "infuse AI into your daily workflow" with not much more context and it will be on this year's OKR's (Objective and Key Results). Many of us are starting with the Watsonx Assistant, since it's the easiest to start with.

    Delving into this new field is very challenging. I've made some progress. Like if I was talking to a stranger, I can chat all about AI. But creating, implementing, how to run an AI Project, what architecture to choose from etc.... my biggest blockers. I know IBM must have a whole bunch of AI experts.

    My question is, creating and running an AI project is very different. Resources are very hard to find. I have spent months searching every where, reading IBM documents, reading guidelines here and there, and it is like drinking from a fire hose.

    How would I go about to get help or study a more methodical way of doing things. I randomly come up with architectures based on my readings. I don't really know if I need Discovery or ML or NL etc.... to achieve my goals. I've submitted my project to AI Infrastructure Guild Sangam.AI requesting help, but they seem backed up. I've attended every office hour related to AI.... but is there a starting point, a mentor, an expert that I can use (or get my department to pay for), to give me a clearer path on how to start and what to do?

    I feel like I'm doing all sorts of random poc's. I managed to connect Watson Assistant to various API's. I've created a custom extension to I've set up intents, entities, created look up tables in cloudant, trying to design dialogs etc.... But can't seem to tie everything together.

    My gut is uncomfortable, because I know this isn't the best way, but I don't know the best way, and management is giving time constraints. Right now it's just me. I don't need to be handheld, but it would really good to have someone provide a framework from start to finish, the forms i have to fillout, the governance, the process. someone that can tell me that there is a much better way to do xyz etc...... I've pinged random people from the AI Guild, but no responses and no time to help. 

    Sorry for the long post, but I wonder if anyone has suggestions so I might do this in a more systematic way and learn the correct things. Thank you!!