This emerging form of technology uses artificial intelligence in order to recognize and identify different forms of data, including the actions taken by a user, the way someone interacts with different software, or just analyzing different data sources.
It essentially allows you to set up your robot workers, letting them get on with the task at hand while you do something else. These tasks include image and text recognition and it seems that this may be one of the most powerful uses of RPA available.
When you have a large set of data, such as thousands of photos or documents made up of millions of words, one of the biggest headaches that you face is how you’re going to get through it. By setting your human employees on the task, getting them to comb through the data and pick out the information you need (e.g. names, faces, or other important information), it could take weeks or even months for the task to be completed.
A human worker can only work as fast as the workday and their bodies will allow, but AI-powered workers using robotic process automation are able to get the job done quicker. Once programmed to look for the information you need, your AI-powered helper can work quickly, efficiently completing the task at hand and allowing you to take action on the findings much faster than if a team of humans had conducted the search instead.
Not only is image and text recognition incredibly time-consuming for your employees, but it is also incredibly tedious. According to camera manufacturer Canon‘s report on how to improve productivity in the workplace, one of the best ways to do this is to “break up the routine.” Reducing the monotony of the workday is key to having an efficient workforce.
Unfortunately, having to read over similar pieces of text or similar photos and images for the same sort of information contributes to that monotony. This feeling of boredom may result in them completing a task poorly, as they attempt to rush through it to get it over and done with. AI workers with robotic process automation don’t get bored, however, allowing you to delegate the less-interesting tasks to the AI while your employees do something that interests and engages them.
It’s also important to consider the fact that image (and text) recognition can benefit your business’ bottom line. According to The Next Web, uses of image recognition include price comparison, augmented reality apps, image search, security and even puzzle solving.
The data gathered through robotic process automation could be utilized in a myriad of ways. Ways that can put your business in the black or allow you to offer new, potentially lucrative services to your users.
Robotic process automation may well offer the keys to the next big business revolution. What you choose to do with the data and the path you go on is all up to you.