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Using Real-Time Data to Unify Generative and Predictive AI

Couchbase introduced generative AI capabilities into its Database as a Service Couchbase Capella to significantly enhance developer productivity and accelerate time to market for modern applications.
Sep 25th, 2023 6:17am by
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In the age of data-driven decision-making, the role of artificial intelligence (AI) has never been more pivotal. From predicting stock market trends to generating personalized content for users, AI models are at the forefront of innovation. However, the efficacy of these models is deeply tied to the quality and timeliness of the data they consume.

The Challenge of Stale Data and the Impact on Predictive Outcomes and Illusion of Accuracy

The adage “garbage in, garbage out” holds true in the realm of AI. When models are trained or fed with incomplete, biased or outdated information, the predictive outcomes suffer. For instance, in financial markets where conditions change in milliseconds, relying on stale data can result in missed opportunities or even financial losses. Outdated data can give the illusion of accuracy. Models may show high confidence in their predictions, but these predictions are based on a reality that no longer exists.

The implications of stale data are far-reaching:

  • Business decisions: In sectors like finance, health care and retail, decisions based on outdated information can lead to significant financial losses or missed opportunities.
  • Safety concerns: In critical applications like autonomous driving or medical diagnostics, stale data can be a matter of life and death.
  • Consumer experience: For customer-centric services like recommendation engines or personalized marketing, outdated predictions can lead to a decline in user engagement and satisfaction.

The Enigma of Hallucinations in Foundational Models

Foundational models are incredibly powerful but are not immune to generating content that is either nonsensical or factually incorrect — a phenomenon known as “hallucinations.” These hallucinations occur because the model is drawing from a static dataset that may not have the most current or contextually relevant information.

Reducing Hallucinations and Improving Accuracy and Relevance with Real-Time Data

Integrating real-time data into the AI pipeline can significantly reduce the occurrence of hallucinations. When the model has access to the most current data, it can generate predictions or content that is contextually relevant.

Real-time data ensures that the model’s predictions are aligned with the freshest data. This is crucial for businesses if they want to leverage the complete power of AI to drive decision-making and move to the high-value predictive use cases that AI can unlock.

The Role of Databases for Real-Time AI

The foundation for creating hyper-contextualized and personalized experiences for generative AI-enriched applications is in the organizations’ system of records and truth. Real-time data is an integral component of this real-time AI application stack, and it is imperative to have operational databases tightly integrated into the AI pipeline. This ensures a seamless flow of real-time data into the models, enabling them to adapt to changing conditions instantaneously.

In order to build these experiences, developers need a highly performant, multimodal database platform that can efficiently store, manage and query unstructured data. They need a long-term memory layer for LLMs that enables the augmentation of context with conversational and context history with real-time data, and to enable that with the ability to store and search for data in the LLM native format — that of high-dimensional mathematical vectors. The key to giving foundational models long-term memory is a highly available database capable of storing and querying unstructured data. Such databases can hold vast amounts of information and make it readily available for the model, thereby acting as the model’s “memory.”

A multimodal database platform is well suited to be that data platform for real-time AI applications. It can seamlessly combine operations and transactional, analytical and semantic stores with integrations across open source LLM platforms and cloud providers to accelerate the journey for developers to build the next generation of applications.

The integration of real-time data into generative and predictive AI models is not just a technical upgrade; it’s a paradigm shift. As we move toward an increasingly dynamic world, the ability of AI to adapt and provide accurate, timely insights will be the cornerstone of effective decision-making. By addressing the challenges of stale data and hallucinations, we can unlock the true potential of AI, making it an invaluable asset in our data-driven future.

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