Published on January 9, 2024, 8:19 pm
CIO Dive’s free newsletter is an excellent resource for staying informed on the latest industry news. In recent developments, Walmart is expanding its use of generative AI technology by increasing access to their internal tool called My Assistant. Initially released to 50,000 employees in August, this AI-powered solution is now being rolled out to workers in 10 additional countries.
Walmart joins the ranks of other businesses, including P&G and Deloitte, who are leveraging generative AI capabilities tailored to their internal systems. While there are many options available in the market, enterprises often rely on a central conversational assistant as the primary means to scale up their generative AI capabilities across different business areas. The flexibility and control provided by these tools allow businesses to fine-tune models according to their specific datasets.
With this expanded international rollout, around 75,000 Walmart employees across 11 countries will have access to generative AI. However, this is still a small fraction when considering Walmart’s vast workforce of 2.1 million employees worldwide.
In other employment news, CompTIA reported that although the unemployment rate remains low, there has been a drop in the number of tech occupations. While workforce reductions in big tech companies have dampened the effects of the “Great Resignation,” IT workers are still exploring job opportunities and testing the job market.
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Overall, as more businesses embrace generative AI technologies like Walmart’s My Assistant tool, it will be interesting to see how these capabilities continue to shape and transform various industries.