Robotic Process Automation vs Artificial Intelligence

Robotic Process Automation vs Artificial Intelligence

Is Robotic Process Automation and Artificial Intelligence the same? As Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are getting much attention in the technology world, many people get confused and often mistake them as the same. It is indeed a confusing matter especially for non-tech readers. This post aims to clarify the difference between RPA and AI.

While these technologies compliment one another, they are different. Here’s why:

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) uses software robots to automate digital tasks and efficiently perform a high-volume of repeatable tasks such as recording transactions, queries, copy-paste tasks and calculations. What makes it so good is that it can perform these repetitive tasks without errors and can be applied to nearly any environment.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an imitation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to perform traits associated with a human mind and imitate their actions. It represents a series of intelligent processes including machine learning. It is used in a wide variety of sectors and industries such as healthcare industries. It is also wired using different approaches such as linguistics, computer science, psychology, mathematics, and more. 

In short, Robotic Process Automation (RPA) mimics human action (do-er), whereas Artificial Intelligence (AI) mimics human thinking (thinker). 

When it comes to processing, RPA is more like process-driven while AI into data-driven. RPA and AI can both work alone and differently just like how our brains and hands work differently but as our brain and hands work together, they create better human actions. That’s why it is better to think before you act. In the business world, they are practically different but they both hold a big part in the possibility of growing effective automation. Just as Kashif Mahbub (VP of Product Marketing at Automation Anywhere) said, “Converging AI with RPA enables businesses to automate more complex, end-to-end processes than ever before, and integrate predictive modeling and insights into these processes to help humans work smarter and faster”. 

About Formulated Automation: Our mission is to make the workplace a more meaningful environment for the entire workforce. We achieve this by automating robotic work. This frees up humans to do human work. If you find your company does the above, reach out, and let’s see if automation can deliver value to your organization. 

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