Used in the right ways, AI can be a huge help to any open innovation solver who is looking to get more out of the experience. Used as a productivity hack, including AI in your solving activities can:
- Make you much more efficient
- Streamline the solving process
- Help uncover new angles that you wouldn’t have thought about on your own
AI doesn’t replace your own innovative and creative thinking. Instead, it can enhance and perhaps accelerate the development of skills that are core to successful open innovation solving.
Four Roles for AI Solving Help
You can think of AI in terms of four roles that support your solving activities.
Your AI helper can research the heck out of your challenge topic. Let’s say, for example, that the challenge you’re working on is to design a new type of toothbrush. Prompt AI to show you the research and images covering how toothbrush has evolved over, say, the last ten years. This gives you a solid base from which to start your solving, in far less time (and probably more completely) than you could have accomplished it yourself.
AI can be a valuable boost to your ideation. Use prompts that give your tool the opportunity to generate suggestions and also help spark your own thinking. You will likely find that brainstorming casts a wider net in less time with AI.
Novel ideas are often the winners in open innovation challenges, so it’s a good idea to make sure that you aren’t recycling something that already exists. AI can scrape the entire internet to help you understand what is already out there so that you’re not coming up with something that someone somewhere in the world has already thought of.
AI can be invaluable as an idea validation engine. For example, you could create a prompt saying, “I have an idea to do X to solve Y problem. Tell me what are challenges you foresee?” Or, “What flaws might I encounter if I try to turn this into reality?”
Beware the Dark Side
While AI for challenge solving can be useful to a great degree, it has the potential to derail your efforts. Next month we’ll talk about aspects of working with AI to beware of.
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