LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Artificial intelligence is growing. Some Kentucky business leaders are learning how to adapt the technology into their business. 

What You Need To Know

  • Business leaders are coming together to learn more about artificial intelligence

  • Tom Alaimo is the Founder of LifeStory Connection and he wanted to learn how he could utilize AI in his business

  • Slingshot sponsored the event and plans to hold more workshops to teach business leaders about AI

From a personal assistant on your device, like SIRI, artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us.

“I don’t think anybody can keep up with artificial intelligence, but I’ll tell you what, I’m doing the darndest I can too,” said Tom Alaimo, the founder of LifeStory Connection.

LifeStory Connection is a software application Alaimo created two years ago. It’s designed for dementia care and health care.

“It helps to focus the care on the person. Their ability, their interests, about them. It’s very personal and it helps them be and feel independent and is able to meet their needs in ways that they can understand,” Alaimo explained.

Alaimo was already thinking about incorporating artificial intelligence into his business and wanted to learn how. He joined other Kentucky business leaders to learn about AI, how it will impact business in 2024, and how to prepare their businesses.

“Going forward, AI is going to become a true general-purpose technology. In the sense that electricity is a general-purpose technology. Fire is a general-purpose technology. Internet is a general-purpose technology. So, you can imagine creating a business, running a business without those general-purpose technologies,” said Dr. Jeff Guan, Interim Dean at UofL’s College of Business.

Guan lead the training and says AI can help in health care. For example, nursing homes adopting AI, can improve quality of care while simultaneously reducing costs, according to Guan.

Guan said he also wanted to ease some fears about AI.

“I believe AI is not going to take your job. But people who use AI will take your job,” Dr. Guan said.

Creative technology developer, Slingshot, sponsored the AI event.

Chris Howard, Slingshot’s Chief Information Officer, explained, “You know, I think it’s misunderstood in some ways. A lot of people don’t really know how to adapt it into their world, and how it can help them. So, this event is meant more for, I would say it’s kind of more of like a beginner’s guide to bringing AI into your world.”

Alaimo called the session fascinating.

“I’m on the right track with incorporating AI and getting with it the sooner the better, because it’s evolving. It’s moving very quickly,” Alaimo said.  

Slingshot plans more AI workshops in the future. It wants to help as many business leaders as possible about the technology.