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AI automation for scale – the power of agentic workflows

Imagine the sinking feeling of discovering unauthorized transactions on your bank account late on a Friday evening. As panic sets in, you reluctantly dial your bank’s customer service hotline, only to be met with lengthy wait times and impersonal automated responses. 

Now, envision a scenario where, regardless of the hour, you’re immediately greeted by an advanced AI-driven agent. This intelligent assistant not only swiftly identifies you through voice recognition but also meticulously analyzes your recent transactions using sophisticated algorithms. 

Within moments, it detects the suspicious activity, flags the unauthorized transactions, and securely freezes your account to prevent any further losses. The AI then seamlessly schedules a follow-up with a human representative to resolve the issue and restore your peace of mind.

This experience isn’t a mere glimpse into the future; it’s a present-day reality where AI-powered agentic workflows are re-shaping boundaries of customer service. These AI agents are capable of processing vast amounts of data at lightning speed, learning from each interaction to provide increasingly personalized and efficient support. 

AI agents’ impact on business scalability is not limited to static, bot-human interactions. These agents can provide responses that are not only contextually appropriate but also emotionally attuned. 

For example, if a customer expresses frustration over service, the AI can recognize the tone and respond empathetically, possibly offering a quick resolution or a sincere apology.

With their ability to operate 24/7 without fatigue, these AI agents represent the pinnacle of customer service, transforming how businesses interact with their clients. 

They can predict issues before they escalate, offer tailored solutions, and ensure a seamless customer experience that goes beyond mere problem-solving.

How do AI agents work?

The arrival of AI agents, to say the least, is the beginning of a job market revolution. AI agents collaborate much like a team of human experts, where each member brings a unique set of skills to the table. 

Caption: Consistent meaningful output functions in current GenAI capacities

This means that AI has the true potential to free up human resources for more empathetic and creative outputs, while agents handle repetitive, data-driven tasks.

Positive Impact on mental health

Customer service representatives are one of the most at risk groups within an office employee population for mental health / substance abuse / sobriety issues – with Mental Illness Short Term Disability rates 2x to 4x higher than any other department in an organization.

By delegating these monotonous tasks to AI agents, companies can alleviate the emotional burden on their human workforce. AI agents can efficiently manage routine inquiries, process transactions, and handle data analysis, allowing human agents to focus on tasks that require empathy, creativity, and critical thinking. 

This shift not only improves the overall well-being of customer service professionals but also enhances the quality of service provided. 

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AI agents and human experts make the perfect team

AI experts, with localized context and knowledge + Human experts = Higher overall intelligence with better Emotional Intelligence (EQ). 

The EQ deserves a conversation, because it marks a stark departure from what the ‘most valued’ human skill was perceived to be all this while. Until now, Being able to handle data, having higher analytical capability, and having a high IQ were signs of human entrepreneurial genius, amongst many other things. 

But with AI arriving at the doors of practically executable technology, AI can do all those things.  EQ becomes more valuable because AI, at least for the foreseeable future, cannot replicate empathy. Empathy is a vital part of the human-to-human experience that we can’t, and maybe even shouldn’t – fully replace. 

The magic of holistic intelligence lies in leveraging the best of machine and human intelligence, to create a mixture of experts coming together to complete a task in the most creative (the human) yet efficient (machine) way possible. 

AI agents example – Mixture of Experts in healthcare 

A practical example of AI agents working as a mixture of experts is found in healthcare, particularly in diagnosing and planning treatment for complex diseases like cancer. These AI agents each have deep expertise in different facets of patient care, resembling a multidisciplinary medical team.

Diagnostic Imaging Agent: This AI specializes in analyzing medical imaging data, such as MRIs and CT scans. It employs advanced computer vision to identify abnormalities indicating potential tumors and can detect early-stage cancer signs that might be overlooked by human radiologists.

Genomic Data Analysis Agent: Another AI focuses on genomic data, parsing through extensive genetic information to identify mutations and gene expressions that suggest cancer characteristics or predict its behavior. This data is vital for assessing the disease’s aggressiveness and how it might respond to various treatments.

Treatment Planning Agent: A third AI integrates data from both the imaging and genomic agents to formulate personalized treatment plans. Leveraging historical data and current research, it recommends therapy combinations tailored to the patient’s specific disease attributes.

Together, these AI agents collaborate effectively, enhancing diagnosis accuracy and optimizing treatment strategies like a cohesive team of human medical specialists.

Agentic workflows: why should businesses care?

Gartner predicts that by 2025, 80% of customer service and support organizations will be applying generative AI technology in some form to improve agent productivity and customer experience (CX). These intelligent systems are not just automating routine tasks but are also equipped to analyze, adapt, and make autonomous decisions, thereby redefining the boundaries of what businesses can achieve.

AI agents powered by GenAI present an unprecedented ‘AI tech stack’ for companies today. By leveraging different AI capabilities, businesses open tremendous opportunities for enhancing and expanding the capabilities of workflows. 

These AI agents are equipped to handle inquiries with unprecedented speed and efficiency, providing personalized, actionable solutions on the spot. By processing and analyzing data in real-time, they offer a level of responsiveness that traditional customer service models simply cannot match, setting a new standard for service delivery.

What can AI agents already do today?

Enhancing efficiency with adaptive autonomy

Traditional systems are constrained by fixed rules and cannot deviate from predefined paths without human intervention. In contrast, agentic workflows harness the power of AI agents capable of analyzing situations, making decisions, and learning from their outcomes. 

This dynamic responsiveness significantly mitigates human error, often caused by oversight or the inability to rapidly process extensive data volumes.

Scaling problem-solving capabilities

A key advantage of adopting agentic workflows is their superior problem-solving abilities. These systems adeptly manage complex, multifaceted challenges that overwhelm traditional models. 

For instance, within supply chain management, an AI-driven agentic system can anticipate disruptions and adjust routing and logistics instantaneously—a task that would typically require hours or days if handled by humans.

Iterative learning for continuous improvement

Agentic workflows are characterized by their iterative learning process, continuously refining and enhancing performance without the need for explicit reprogramming. 

With each interaction, these systems progressively improve their algorithms, fostering a cycle of perpetual improvement.

The future is agentic

Agentic workflows signify not just a convergence of technology and business but a convergence of vision and purpose.

The narrative is no longer about mere automation but about empowerment. Empowerment to tackle complex challenges with unprecedented precision, to envision possibilities beyond the conventional, and to create resilient pathways amidst uncertainty. 

Future research is likely to focus on enhancing the autonomy of these systems further, enabling even more sophisticated decision-making that could see AI not just as a tool but as a decision-maker in critical business operations.

With each industry narrative and use case, we see not just the integration of AI, but the elevation of human potential and organizational efficacy.

Avantika Mishra
Content scavenger. Love tech, innovative solutions for a better world, and I think AI could save the world.