2020 AI & Communities Research Project – Survey Now Open

I’m excited to announce the second round of Structure3C’s AI & Communities research. This research builds on our foundational project in 2018 (more on this below) and comes at a critical time when global internet connectivity races towards 100% coverage, and algorithms and non-human actors play an increasingly central role in this global human network.

If your role involves developing communities or networks for your organization, I’d like to invite you to participate (if you haven’t) in a short survey focused on the intersection of AI and Community. 

You can take the survey here:
https://structure3c.typeform.com/to/j3pgTB

Your ideas and expert opinions are critically important in shaping a human response to the impact of exponential technologies. The survey will take approximately 15 minutes, will only involve participants on the enterprise & brand side (no agencies or consultants), and all participants will get a copy of the final report and receive an invite to one of our mastermind-style debrief sessions in early 2020.

We ask that you complete the survey on, or before January 10.

Results From Wave 1 – 2018
Our 2020 project builds on the first round of research we conducted on AI, Automation and Agents in 2018. The respondents from the first wave generally considered the value of AI is threefold for Community Professionals:

  • AI will allow for the automation of routine community tasks and processes so that focus can be put on more valuable activities;
  • AI will provide real-time analytics, insight, and specific and contextual suggestions;
  • AI will shape the community experience for all stakeholders, including members (onsite), prospective members (externally), Community Managers and Executive Stakeholders.

You can find a recap of the 2018 project here:
https://billjohnston.io/2018/07/26/ai-use-cases-for-communities-networks/

You can find the summary deck with findings from the 2018 research here:

Why AI & Communities is a critically important topic for 2020
When we (Structure3C) did the first primary research on AI and Communities, it was clear that AI, as a topic, had was being discussed but there weren’t many practice examples in the field beyond rudimentary personalization and early experiments with RPA (robotic process automation). We expect the results from this wave of research to yield a broad swath of new ideas and case examples of actual programs and technology deployments.

We hope to wrap up the online survey by the second week of January and then begin interviews with technology providers (including community platform companies) and practitioners that have deployed AI, Automation and Agent technologies in their communities.

Again, please participate as soon as you can:
https://structure3c.typeform.com/to/j3pgTB

I would also appreciate any recommendations for additional people to include in the survey and platform providers to interview.

As always, feel free to reach out with feedback, questions or ideas!

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