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customer service vintage old times why AI can't do it all alone

What AI can’t do for customer service — and why it needs humans to make it work.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly transforming the customer service landscape, offering innovative solutions that can streamline workflows, enhance efficiency, and deliver personalised experiences. However, as revolutionary as AI technology is, it cannot entirely replace human expertise and intuition. While AI excels at processing vast amounts of data, recognising patterns, and automating routine tasks, it still requires human guidance and oversight to reach its full potential in customer service.

What AI can’t do alone

1. Provide Ad-hoc Solutions: AI is currently limited by the information it is trained on. It cannot independently develop ad-hoc solutions tailored to specific business scenarios or customer enquiries that fall outside its training domain. For instance, an AI-powered chatbot trained to handle product enquiries may struggle to assist customers with complex shipping or payment issues.

2. Ensure error-free operations: While AI can significantly reduce errors, it is not infallible. The datasets used to train AI models may contain biases, incomplete information, or outdated data, leading to inaccurate or discriminatory outputs. AI systems can also suffer from the “hallucination” problem, generating plausible-sounding but factually incorrect information.

3. Adapt seamlessly to change: AI systems are not inherently equipped to adapt to sudden changes in business operations or customer needs. Introducing a new product line or service offering may require extensive retraining and reconfiguration of AI models, a process that cannot be accomplished autonomously.

The crucial role of human coaches

Human expertise remains indispensable in coaching AI systems to deliver exceptional customer service. Here’s how human coaches can optimise AI’s capabilities:

1. Subject matter expertise: Human coaches bring deep subject matter expertise to the table. They can ensure that AI models are trained on accurate, up-to-date, and unbiased data, mitigating the risk of errors or discriminatory outcomes.

2. Continuous improvement: Human coaches can analyse AI-generated outputs, identify areas for improvement, and provide feedback to refine and optimise the models continuously. This iterative process is essential for maintaining the relevance and accuracy of AI-powered customer service solutions.

3. Creative problem-solving: While AI excels at pattern recognition and automation, human coaches can leverage their creative problem-solving skills to develop innovative solutions for complex customer issues that fall outside AI’s current capabilities.

4. Empathy and Emotional Intelligence: Customer service often requires empathy, emotional intelligence, and the ability to read between the lines – qualities that AI currently lacks. Human coaches can ensure that AI-powered interactions are tempered with emotional sensitivity and tailored to individual customer needs.

customer service vintage old times why AI can't do it all alone

Untrite’s Decision Intelligence platform: empowering human-AI collaboration

At Untrite, we recognise the vital synergy between human expertise and AI technology. Our Decision Intelligence platform: Untrite Thrive for public and Untrite Mira for private sector, is designed to facilitate seamless collaboration between human customer service teams and AI-powered tools. By unifying search across all your content sources – from internal knowledge bases to global news feeds, social media, and multimedia files – our platform empowers customer service representatives with the collective intelligence they need to make informed decisions and provide exceptional support.

“This AI breakthrough in customer interaction means superior experiences for our customers at better prices, more interesting challenges for our employees, and better returns for our investors.”

Key benefits of Untrite’s Decision Intelligence Platform:

  • Higher first-time resolution rates
  • Decreased total handling time
  • Improved customer satisfaction
  • Optimised resource allocation

With Untrite, you can unlock the full potential of AI while leveraging the invaluable skills and intuition of your human team.

In the era of AI-driven customer service, human coaches play a pivotal role in guiding and refining AI systems, ensuring they deliver accurate, relevant, and emotionally resonant experiences, especially when time is scarce and you can’t afford to make a mistake. By seamlessly integrating AI and human expertise, our clients’ organisations can achieve a competitive edge, build lasting customer relationships, and drive sustainable growth.
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