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GPTs Help to Empower Workers at Every Level

Attendees at Jason Bean’s presentation at IME West will be treated to a live demonstration on just how easy it can be to build a new generative pre-trained transformer (GPT).

Susan Shepard

January 29, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Bean will speak at IME West in “Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Emergence of Custom GPTs in Manufacturing"
  • Everyone from the C-suite Ievel down to the production floor has options to use GPTs, Bean says

At IME West, Jason Bean, IIoT market specialist at Pepper+Fuchs, will create a custom generative pre-trained transformer (GPT) on the fly and share how useful these solutions can be at every level of manufacturing.

There is a place for generative AI solutions in almost every level of an organization, said Bean in an interview with Design News. “From C-suite to production floor, you would probably be able to find a spot where you can build a custom generative AI solution that would help to enable and empower the workers,” he said. 

Bean will be speaking in the IME West session, “Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Emergence of Custom GPTs in Manufacturing.”

Creating GPTs that are trained on a company’s unique data sets and situations is easier than ever to do, Bean said, with Open AI’s November 2023 release of custom GPTs. “I don’t even know how to code, and I’ve already built 15 GPTs,” he said. 

Bean will be sharing use-case examples of manufacturers that have deployed generative AI solutions on the production floor. “And then I’ll also probably go through two or three of the custom ones that I've built myself just to show people how easy it is to actually do it,” he said. “I can show them quickly, on the fly, how to get started, and I’ll also be taking them through some of the things they need to be aware of,” he continued.

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He noted that because of the simplicity of these solutions, there are ways to make it easier for someone to extract the custom data that the GPTs are trained on. “It really helps when you have people who have domain knowledge on the specific area that you're trying to train on,” he explained. “If you're trying to create a custom GPT that helps to train your employees on specific tasks, it would be very good to have the individuals who originally do the training, plus individuals who have received the training so that way they can help refine the model.” 

In terms of where to implement custom GPTs, Bean said to look at each department for places where there is worker shortage because those are the areas where the solutions can be most productive.

When asked who he would like to see at his session, Bean said everyone from the C-suite Ievel down to the production floor. “If you touch manufacturing in any way, and you're interested in looking at how you can leverage new technology to improve either your personal job or your department, it will be a good talk to attend to see some of the options that you've got available to you these days,” he said. 

Bean, who is in the final editing stages of a book on generative AI, hopes his attendees come away from his presentation with a better understanding of what ChatGPT is and what is not. “There's a lot of information out there floating around as to what it is, what people are speculating it to be—there's a lot of misunderstanding,” he said. “There's a lot of fear, there's a lot of hype, so I’m just going to see if we can cut through some of that and bring some clarity to it,” he concluded.

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Bean’s session “Navigating Uncharted Waters: The Emergence of Custom GPTs in Manufacturing” will be held on Wednesday, February 7, from 10:15 to 11:00 AM in Room 205AB.

About the Author(s)

Susan Shepard

Susan Shepard is a freelance contributor to MD + DI.

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