Artificial intelligence, commonly known as AI, is a fast-growing technology that is completely revolutionizing the industry. Automation is quickly changing the work environment, and many jobs are becoming outdated or transformed with the addition of robots and other forms of artificial intelligence. But employers who aren’t ready to make the leap into AI are still in need of support from their staff to help them achieve the same goals.  

Interestingly enough, many people already have experience working with AI in their daily life that they might not consider to be relevant to their job. You might even have AI skills without even knowing it. Here are three areas of technology that you might not consider to be dependent on an AI skillset, but are. 

1. Chatbots 

Chatbots are the digital assistants that we interact with as consumers regularly. They’re a staple for the help desk on almost every major website you visit and are commonly tasked with customer service and upper-funnel sales tasks. If you have worked with a chatbot previously in your career, especially if you have taken the time to analyze its data, you are experienced in the field of artificial intelligence. Chatbots are one of the most basic and most useful forms of AI in use today. They are able to collect vast amounts of data, engage with users in helpful and meaningful ways, and many of them are learning from the experience.  

You can learn from the experience too. If you are interested in exploring more ways to build your AI skills, building a chatbot is a great place to start. There are several forums and online tools where you can create a chatbot that is unique to your needs, and test it out with an actual community of users. You never know when an experience like that might make a difference in the future. So get out there, try it out, and see what happens. It will certainly put you several steps ahead of anyone who hasn’t bothered to try. 

2. Voice assistants

The rising popularity of voice assistants at home and work is an essential source of AI experience, as well. Like chatbots, voice assistants are continually collecting data and learning from that data to forecast future needs better and provide better support for users. If you have experience working with voice assistants on the job, that is an excellent source of AI experience. You might not think it is at first sight, but voice assistants are built on AI technology. This helps them hear and respond to your inquiries quickly and effectively. 

3. Virtual reality

VR is another area that is quickly growing on the consumer front. While it’s not quite as forthcoming in the workplace, there are entire communities of VR users who are testing and building games and tools on VR platforms like Microsoft’s Hololens, Facebook’s Occulus, as well as VR devices constructed by Google and Samsung. The experience is unlike anything most employees have experienced yet, but if you’ve demoed or played with a VR device, you will be well-positioned to see how such experiences can be brought into the realm of your business. 

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