As someone who grew up in the sandy streets of Westbury in Johannesburg, I am loving this era of technology we live in. It's my golden age, where everyone "can"(limited to data cost, poor connections...) have access to all kinds of information at their fingertips through platforms like YouTube and Google, and even chatbots like ChatGpt. However, despite the abundance of resources available to us, I know that many people in South Africa and Africa see artificial intelligence (AI) as a threat.
I believe that we should see AI as an opportunity, not a threat. It's an opportunity to come up with new ideas for businesses, to find new ways to solve age-old problems, and to build better, more sustainable businesses. Yes, we face challenges like high data costs, connection issues, and Eskom's electricity problems, but we should not let these things discourage us. Instead, we should find ways to educate ourselves and find ways to use technology to our advantage.
AI and technology is not just for large corporations. Small businesses and even informal sectors can benefit from its capabilities. AI-powered chatbots can help businesses provide better customer service and streamline operations. The increasing popularity of e-commerce, entrepreneurs can use AI to create personalized recommendations and improve the shopping experience for their customers.
This is where Fassernate comes in. Not only is it a free and can help empower people, but the team behind it is more than willing to help businesses make their dreams a reality and embrace the technological age we live in. Fassernate can do much more than just provide a platform for businesses to create online stores for free. It can help businesses of all types and sizes, including those in the informal market, to benefit from AI and other technologies.
With the abundance of information available online, I encourage entrepreneurs to use AI to find new ideas for businesses, improve their existing operations, and find innovative ways to solve our age-old problems. An example, you can use AI to analyze market trends and customer behavior, leading to more targeted marketing and sales efforts. It can also be used to automate certain tasks, freeing up time and resources for you to focus on other important areas of running a business. Fassernate is taking corporate-level capabilities, leveling the playing field and bringing it to everyone. Now you can do it just like large corporations do it.
I'll leave you to ponder on this. AI has the potential to be a powerful tool for entrepreneurs and businesses in South Africa and Africa. Rather than seeing it as a threat, we should embrace it as an opportunity to improve and innovate. Using AI to our advantage, we can build stronger, more successful businesses that can be sustainable despite the challenges we face.