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SMEs have the tools to adopt AI. Now it can be a real revolution.



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In an interesting article written by Roberto Verde, CEO of 247X, on Il Sole 24 Ore, an interesting reflection and some comparisons are made on the development of the AI revolution that we are experiencing and whose scope is not easy to understand.


The parallel is drawn with other technologies that have revolutionized the world of work in their own way: the advent of computers, the internet, and advertising. These events have only truly begun to be revolutionary when the adoption of certain technologies became more widespread among small and medium-sized enterprises.


Consider our market: in Italy in 2023, 97.4% are micro and small businesses (Permanent Census of Enterprises 2023). In the United States, 99.9% of businesses are part of the so-called small business (Small Business Data Center - U.S. Chamber of Commerce). When a technology becomes more democratic, its impact widens at a glance and the effects can be truly impactful.


The arrival of computers on the desks of SMEs and subscription internet connections have radically changed work structures, transforming and creating jobs. The ability to advertise one's business at low prices through websites and later the world of social networks has allowed web agencies to flourish: the pattern, according to Roberto Verde, has always been the same. When technology becomes accessible to small businesses, it becomes truly revolutionary.


Does AI meet these requirements? It seems that there are all the right cards for a widespread diffusion of artificial intelligence.


Let's take as an example the OpenAI APIs with which it is possible to use GPT 4. Having a "pay per use" price of one dollar per million tokens, small businesses can equip themselves with AI tools to modify their work structure: all you need to do is hire the right person who can work with artificial intelligence software and APIs.


Roberto Verde concludes his speech with a consideration that almost sounds like a wish: thanks to the democratization of AI through APIs and accessible prices, small businesses can finally equip themselves on a par with large companies through the implementation of normal software developers in the workforce. Perhaps, the real moment of the AI revolution has finally arrived.



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