Democratization of Technology: How No-Code AI is Levelling the Playing Field

Democratization of Technology: How No-Code AI is Levelling the Playing Field

Patricia Orza

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AI technology is attracting a lot of attention as shown by its market growth year over year. A study by Gartner predicts that the value of the AI software market will reach $62 billion dollars by the end of 2022. If these numbers prove true, then we’ll be looking at an impressive 21.3% rise from the market’s value in 2021.

Without a doubt, the rise of no-code AI software significantly contributes to this growth. In this article, we’re going to talk about how no-code solutions are turning AI into accessible technology – one that can be used by a non-developer community. We’ll also discuss the top advantages of code-free AI solutions, and how they’re contributing to the democratization of technology.

Let’s dig in!

AI can be for everyone

Back in the 1990s, if you wanted to use an AI solution, not only did you need a tech team that would implement it, but also a significant amount of time and money. These factors made Artificial Intelligence an elitist solution, limited to big tech firms with huge budgets.

Luckily, times have changed, and now even small companies can benefit from this technology thanks to the introduction of no-code AI. Due to the democratization of AI, SMEs and startups with less tech know-how are no longer left in the dust by corporations. Among others, they can use it to improve their processes and gather and analyze customer insights – all for the purpose of gaining a competitive advantage and speeding up business growth.

But what is no-code AI, exactly, and how does it contribute to the democratization of technology? Let’s see below.

What is no-code AI?

Before we go into the advantages of using no-code AI, let’s discuss what it is.

No-code AI is a technology that allows people of all levels of tech expertise to leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence. In essence, by using a no-code solution, organizations can try out their ideas without having to engage programmers and AI specialists.

No-code AI can be looked at as a landscape of tools that help people build applications and systems on their own. It’s a cost-efficient way for the average human or company to implement a new system.

No-code solutions are usually user-guided. This means that, when you first use the platform, there is either a virtual onboarding walkthrough (a video and/or pop-up instructions on the interface) or a representative of the software company provides you with a guided tour to explain all the features.

Does this mean that no-code AI can be useful for non-technical people only? Quite the contrary! That’s where the ‘democratization’ aspect lies – they’ll be a great fit for both tech-savvy users and members of non-technical teams.

Below, we discuss some of the major advantages of no-code AI solutions along with relevant examples.

How does no-code make AI more accessible?

There are many ways in which no-code AI can prove beneficial to people and businesses. From its ease of use to its versatility of applications to its constant adaptability to the user’s demands.

Ease of use

The biggest advantage of no-code AI software is that it doesn’t require any coding skills. It allows you to test your ideas without needing any AI experts; automation is done through plug and play and drag and drop mechanisms.

The software is basically ready to use the moment you get your hands on it. Naturally, some solutions are more complex than others. And you might need different skills to handle it, but overall they’re much easier to implement than traditional AI making it a very accessible technology.

Runway is one example of such a tool, let’s take a closer look at it.

Runway is a no-code AI software targeted at creators and creatives offering features like green screen, video editing, and inpainting. Some of the tasks that the platform can perform include: creating synthetic images and videos, background and object removal, audio cleaning, and many more. Everything is performed from a single dashboard. Runway streamlines the whole video editing process making it accessible to everyone irrespective of their skill level.

Interface of runway, a no-code AI video editor with a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Runway is a no-code AI video editor

Another example of a no-code AI platform’s ease of use is Levity’s drag-and-drop interface. You can train your AI Block in a few simple steps while being guided on-screen about which steps to take in order to train your model in the most effective way possible.

Interface of levity AI when organising data to train an AI Blcok.
Levity - Training an AI Block

Faster improvements

Until recently (that is, prior to the rise of no-code platforms), whenever a company wanted to improve their product or offering through AI, they came across a major challenge – a lack of technical expertise. The costs and time it would take to bring on experts who could build and/or manage a code-based solution were significant.

Accessible technology such as no-code platforms is a true game-changer, as organizations can improve their business with AI without hiring AI specialists. Using such a platform will prove beneficial even if a company does have a tech team on board, as they will be able to focus on more relevant tasks rather than setting up the tool.

All this contributes to higher productivity and better time management.

Levity is a great example of how no-code AI can help optimize your work in a scalable way, leading to a more iterative, productive workflow. To give you a sense of how it can help your software team in particular, here are two popular automation use cases:

Categorizing crash reports

Levity can automatically tag crash reports, which are a critical source of information when it comes to software performance. Depending on your needs, you can set it to mark reports by topic, source of error, and even the exact team member who needs to be alerted. This could be, for instance, a developer, an external partner, or your product manager.

Levity workflow automating the process to categorize app crash reports
Levity - Categorize app crash reports

Analyzing customer messages and text responses to surveys

Levity can help you sift through the hundreds (or thousands) of messages you receive daily and find those that relate to the product’s or website’s performance. This is possible thanks to the software’s advanced NLP capabilities. For example, if a user has reported an issue with your checkout or the product, the message could be tagged with ‘checkout error’ or ‘product issue’. Thanks to this, you don’t need a member of your support or tech team to scan messages for tech-related phrases.

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Affordability

Thanks to the democratization of AI, using this technology is no longer a privilege reserved for corporations with large budgets. No-code software significantly reduced the cost of AI implementation and made it more accessible to businesses irrespective of their size and revenue.

What’s more, by turning to no-code AI technology, firms can cut costs by optimizing processes thanks to automation, while moving their human resources to perform more value-adding activities.

Bubble is a great tool to demonstrate the affordability of no-code AI solutions. It allows you to build web apps without any coding proficiency.

Users get access to a set of visual components, which they can use to build and launch fully functional products for both desktop and mobile. Bubble also takes care of hosting and deployment, and doesn’t impose any limits on the number of users, the volume of traffic, or data storage.

It enables anyone who has a digital product idea to bring it to life without hiring an entire product development team, making it very affordable. Below you can see Bubble’s pricing, they offer a variety of packages, depending on your needs. Considering that the average salary for a Software Engineer in the United States stands at $94048 per year, it makes no-code AI software solutions such as Bubble appear cheap as peanuts.

Pricing of bubble.io
Bubble.io - Pricing

Will no code software mean engineers and programmers lose out?

Given how powerful no-code solutions have become, some worry that the democratization of AI might have a darker side to it. Namely, if tools continue to do more and more of what was traditionally in the human domain, won’t there be a risk of engineers and programmers losing their jobs?

The short answer to this question is ‘no’.

The case here is similar to what happened when automatic checkout stations were first introduced at supermarkets. Many people working as cashiers worried that they’d soon be out of work. However, in reality, many businesses were able to redirect their staff from product scanning stations to other areas that required human attention – restocking items and assisting customers, among others.

We anticipate a similar rollout for AI software. For starters, AI is just one subset of the tech world, and the demand for highly-skilled engineers and programmers has been rising year over year. So, by no means will no-code solutions make software developers disposable. It will simply redirect them to other areas, and – better yet – improve the quality of their daily work. As many manually-handled processes will now be replaced by automation, developers will have more headspace and time to focus on their other work.

Also, as one user on Quora has aptly noticed, “I’d argue that no-code opens up more opportunities for software developers. Making software more accessible means more demand for such tools and guess who will build them? That’s right, software developers”.

This leads us to the final remark – companies that hire developers will be able to use no-code tools to their highest potential. After all, while you can use these platforms without an AI expert, imagine how far you can go with the tool’s capabilities if you do have a tech team on board!

Conclusion

No-code solutions have turned AI into a truly inclusive, accessible technology. You no longer have to be an expert to benefit from it, as many of these tools offer a simple ‘drag-and-drop’ panel that lets you set up your own workflows.

In comparison to code-based software, no-code platforms are not only easier to use, but also much more affordable for the average business.

That being said, it doesn’t mean that they’re here to replace software developers – quite the contrary. If a company does have a tech department, a no-code platform can relieve them of repetitive tasks, allowing engineers to focus on more demanding work.

If you’re interested in exploring what no-code AI can do for your business, take a look at our use cases resource page - and start your journey with no-code AI today!

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Levity is a tool that allows you to train AI models on images, documents, and text data. You can rebuild manual workflows and connect everything to your existing systems without writing a single line of code.

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