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Generative AI Guide

Explore the possibilities of generative AI in accounting

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Welcome to the ICAEW generative AI guide

Michael Izza, ICAEW Chief Executive:

“Technology is evolving fast and is impacting the role of accountants. Our profession must continue to engage with technological change and ask the relevant questions so that we can embrace the opportunities and manage the risks.

Artificial intelligence is already helping improve the efficiency and quality of our work, including through automating administrative tasks and helping identify fraud and audit risks. Now, generative AI can provide opportunities for further improvements.

Among all the hype, accountants must remain grounded and seek to build their understanding of this new technology, including its basic principles, applications, limitations and ethical considerations.

This guide has been developed by ICAEW Tech with input from other technical experts, to help you explore the use of generative AI, including identifying opportunities for where it can be used effectively. I hope you will find it a useful resource on your generative AI journey.”


Generative AI: A brief introduction

Generative AI: A brief introduction

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  • 18 Sep 2023
Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving fast and its ability to imitate human capabilities is increasingly impressive, especially with developments in generative AI.
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Opportunities and accounting use cases GENERATIVE AI GUIDE
Opportunities and accounting use cases

Learn how generative AI can help accountants with a range of internal activities.

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Risks and limitations GENERATIVE AI GUIDE
Risks and limitations

Find out the risks and limitations of generative AI, as well as suggestions on how to manage them.

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Getting started

Discover the actions to take when exploring the use of generative AI.

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Using generative AI Generative AI Guide
Using generative AI

Find out what things you should consider when implementing and using generative AI.

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Prompt engineering Generative AI Guide
Prompt engineering

Learn more about prompt engineering and its importance in generative AI usage.

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Case studies Generative AI Guide
Case studies

Read our case studies on the use of generative AI in accounting.

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Generative AI and ethics Generative AI Guide
Generative AI and Ethics

Learn about what ethical considerations to keep in mind when using generative AI.

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Legal considerations

Find out about the legal and regulatory issues you should take into account when using generative AI.

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Cyber security and generative AI Generative AI Guide
Cyber security and generative AI

Discover the cyber security implications of using generative AI.

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Do's and don'ts Generative AI Guide
Do's and Don'ts

Find a summary of recommended do’s and don’ts when using generative AI.

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Glossary of generative AI terms Generative AI Guide
Glossary of generative AI terms

Learn about the key terminology used in generative AI.

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Check out our new generative AI courses

The latest generative AI modules in the ICAEW Finance in a Digital World elearning programme include: Introduction to generative AI, Generative AI for finance, and AI and cognitive computing. Ideal to help you get started using generative AI in your work.

These modules are free to access for ICAEW members and students and completion of modules can contribute to your verifiable CPD requirements.

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