Financial Services Trends and AI: Interview With the VAImpire (Part 2)

Steve Gilde April 3, 2023
Financial Services Trends and AI: Interview With the VAImpire (Part 2)

Is AI sucking the blood out of human creativity, or does it have a place in helping teams to become more efficient and stay on top of industry trends? 

In this blog, I continue my discussion with ChatGPT, asking some additional questions on topics that are relevant to all of us in the payments industry, in an effort to find out what the application of AI is and whether it can help businesses to stay ahead of trends within the financial services sector.

While not quite as important as its overall answers, what we have found out so far is that it does seem apparent that the tool has been well trained in spelling, grammar, and punctuation - using a classic approach to constructing its responses:

  • Restate
  • Answer, Cite, Explain
  • Summarize.

Pay particular attention to our final question, where we ask the tool to explain how both manual and automated testing are important to product/service quality. We believe this is a pretty perfect answer! 

As indicated in part one of this series, the following questions and answers are provided verbatim:

I want you to act as a business executive responsible for self-service banking at a large US-based financial institution. Explain what your organization is doing to deliver innovative new products and services to the marketplace, while at the same time increasing security to protect your organization and its shareholders from fraud, data breaches and other cybersecurity risks.

As the executive responsible for self-service banking at a large US-based financial institution, my organization is constantly working to deliver innovative new products and services to the marketplace while also increasing security to protect our organization and shareholders from fraud, data breaches, and other cybersecurity risks.

To deliver innovative products and services, we are leveraging data analytics and machine learning to gain insights into customer needs and preferences, and using these insights to develop new products and services that meet their needs. Additionally, we are also investing in fintech companies and partnerships to stay on top of the latest technological advancements in the industry.

To increase security, we are implementing a multi-layered approach to protect against fraud and data breaches. This includes deploying advanced security technologies such as biometric authentication, encryption, and two-factor authentication, as well as implementing robust security policies and procedures. Additionally, we are continuously monitoring and assessing our systems for vulnerabilities and taking steps to address any identified risks.

Overall, our strategy is to strike a balance between innovation and security, in order to provide our customers with the best possible experience while also protecting our organization and shareholders from cyber threats.

Our Thoughts on Chat GPT’s Answer…

This is another answer that one might expect to hear from a senior executive of a large US financial institution. It would be interesting to get more detail on the algorithms and processes that the AI engine uses to assemble such a response. For example, to respond to this question, did the tool query annual reports or investor presentations from a list of the top 10 banks in the USA, from current trends documents from major consulting companies?


I want you to act as a business executive responsible for self-service banking at a large US-based financial institution. Explain the importance of quality and operational efficiency to your organization and the ways that you protect both your bottom line and shareholder value.

As a business executive responsible for self-service banking at a large US-based financial institution, I understand that quality and operational efficiency are crucial to our organization. They are essential in maintaining our bottom line and protecting shareholder value.

Quality refers to the ability to meet or exceed customer expectations, while operational efficiency refers to the ability to produce goods or services with minimal waste and maximum productivity. Both are critical to our success because they help to ensure that we are providing a high-quality service to our customers while also keeping costs low.

To protect both our bottom line and shareholder value, we have implemented several strategies:

Investing in technology: We invest in advanced self-service technologies such as biometrics and facial recognition to improve the user experience and security. We also invest in artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve risk management, customer service, and fraud detection.

Continuous process improvement: We have implemented a continuous process improvement program to identify and eliminate inefficiencies in our operations. This helps us to reduce costs and improve service quality.

Risk management: We have a robust risk management program in place to identify and mitigate risks that may negatively impact our bottom line. This includes measures to protect against fraud and cyber-attacks.

Employee training and development: We invest in employee training and development to ensure that our staff has the skills and knowledge they need to provide high-quality service to our customers.

Data analysis: We use data analysis to identify trends and opportunities to improve our operations. This helps us to make informed decisions that will positively impact our bottom line.

By implementing these strategies, we believe we can continue to provide a high-quality service to our customers while also protecting our bottom line and shareholder value. We will continue to monitor and adjust our strategy as the industry evolves.

Our Thoughts on Chat GPT’s Answer…

I appreciate that it is not really possible to understand in detail how a sophisticated tool like ChatGPT works (at least it’s not possible for me), but it would be interesting to know what it uses as reference points for specific terms like “operational efficiency”.


As an IT executive responsible for testing and quality assurance, explain how both automated and manual testing play important roles in ensuring the quality of your products and services.

Automated testing is crucial for reducing the time and resources required for testing, increasing the speed of feedback, and improving the accuracy and consistency of test results. 

Automated testing can be used for repetitive tasks, such as regression testing, and can be integrated into our continuous integration and delivery pipeline, allowing us to identify and fix issues early in the development process.

On the other hand, manual testing is critical for testing the usability and user experience of our products and services, as well as for identifying issues that may not be detected by automated testing. Manual testing also allows for testing in a more realistic environment, such as testing the performance and scalability of our products and services under heavy load, and for testing of non-functional requirements such as usability, compatibility, and security.

In conclusion, both automated and manual testing are important for our organization, and they complement each other to provide a comprehensive test coverage. We use automated testing to increase efficiency, accuracy and consistency and manual testing to validate the non-functional requirements and usability of the application.

Our Thoughts on Chat GPT’s Answer…

OK, finally, a perfect answer (that I could not have said any better myself…)


If you would like to discuss the importance of quality and operational efficiency to your organization and how Paragon Application Systems can help protect both your bottom line and shareholder value please reach out to us today.

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