Accounting Influencers Roundtable


Navigating the Shift: Deep Dive on ‘Accounting Meets AI’

Jeff Seibert is the co-founder and CEO of Digits, a modern accounting platform. Jeff and Rob delve into the impact of AI on the accounting profession, exploring its potential to revolutionize the industry while also addressing concerns and misconceptions surrounding this emerging technology.

Jeff explains the fundamental concepts of machine learning and artificial intelligence in layman’s terms, emphasizing that AI is not aimed at replacing accountants but rather augmenting their capabilities and freeing them from tedious tasks. He discusses the two main branches of machine learning – generative models like ChatGPT and predictive models – and how Digits is leveraging the latter to automate bookkeeping with an 87% accuracy rate.

The conversation also touches on the importance of data security, collaborative finance, real-time accounting, and the need for accountants to embrace technology to stay relevant and competitive. Jeff’s message is one of hope, encouraging accountants to experiment with AI and adopt these tools to enhance their practices and better serve their clients.

5 Key Takeaways:

  • AI is not going to replace accountants; it will elevate the profession by automating tedious tasks and allowing accountants to focus on higher-value activities.
  • Digits is developing AI bookkeeping models that can accurately classify transactions with 87% accuracy, significantly reducing manual labor.
  • Data security is crucial when integrating AI into accounting software, and firms should scrutinize vendors’ security measures.
  • Collaborative finance and real-time accounting are the future, enabling accountants and clients to work together seamlessly and access up-to-date financial data.
  • Embracing AI and new technologies is essential for accountants to remain competitive and grow their practices.

“AI is not going to be the death of accounting. Just like the calculator wasn’t the death of accounting, the computer wasn’t the death of accounting.” – Jeff Seibert


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