The emergence of this new breed of “generative” AI tools has made it clear in recent months that it is no longer something that is only important in the realm of academic research or Silicon Valley tech giants.
And far from simply being the latest "viral sensation," AI has truly become a technology that any business or individual can leverage to revolutionize the way they work or go about any number of day-to-day activities.
So, what are the tools that everyone should be getting to grips with to ensure they understand exactly what AI is capable of today? I’ve picked out some of the most important ones to highlight how you can start using them today.
First, what exactly is AI?
If, like many people, you’ve only just started taking notice of AI after coming across one of the most recent viral applications, you might be wondering how they relate to what we've traditionally referred to as "artificial intelligence."
Most people will have first come across the term in science fiction, where, for over 100 years, we’ve been entertained by stories involving intelligent robots – sometimes friendly, sometimes not so.
In reality, when we use the term AI today, we are usually referring to a technology known as "machine learning." Rather than simulating every aspect of natural intelligence like robots in movies, this simply refers to software algorithms that are able to learn – becoming better and better at carrying out one specific task as they are exposed to more data.
Machine learning powers a large number of revolutionary tools that have changed the way we live -from searching for information online with Google, to shopping with Amazon, watching movies on Netflix, or hailing a ride with Uber. Now the latest breed of AI applications offers us the chance to use it for just about any task we can think of. So, let’s take a look at some of them:
What Are The “Killer Apps” Everyone Should Know about?
Let’s start with a quick recap of the viral sensation that is ChatGPT. It is a conversational interface for OpenAI’s GPT-3 large language model, which has recently been made available to the public as a free research preview. In response to text prompts such as questions or instructions, it will output text in any form, including prose, poetry, and even computer code.
Another OpenAI project, which together with ChatGPT is responsible for kick-starting the current wave of consumer interest in generative AI. This one takes text prompts and transforms them into computer graphics (images, photos, drawings, paintings, etc.).
This is another text-to-image generative AI application. Unlike Dall-E 2, its source code, as well as details on the training data and weighting used by its algorithms, are openly available to the public, and the application can be downloaded and installed on your own computer rather than only being accessible through a proprietary cloud portal as is the case with OpenAI’s projects.
An AI-powered video creation tool that enables anyone to easily create education, marketing, or business video content using a simple drag-and-drop interface.
Automated music generator – create royalty-free AI music by simply making decisions about the genre of music you want to create, the instruments that will be used, the mood you want to create, and the length of the track. Then sit back and let the AI compose unique tracks.
This is a tool that makes it easy to brand your business by using AI to create unique and distinctive logos that convey your company style and messaging. This tool makes it a doddle to start creating customized marketing material even if you don’t have any design skills.
An audio recording and editing platform with integrated AI tools that helps you create clear, super-smooth recordings that sound as if they’ve been edited professionally, automating tasks like cleaning up messy sounds and creating transcripts.
Cloud-based text-to-video platform that creates new videos from ones that you upload, using text prompts to apply the edits and effects that you desire, or create animations from storyboard mock-ups. This tool was also developed by the creators of Stable Diffusion.
This tool uses a neural network system called Phoenix to automate audio source separation. This involves extracting elements such as vocals, music, or even specific instrumental tracks like drumbeats or basslines from any audio or video content.
Do you have historic family photographs of distant relatives or ancestors who you’d like to see in motion? This innovative tool lets you animate the faces in family photos so you can see them smile, blink, and laugh, just as if you had recorded a video of them back in the day.
This is a text-to-speech engine that makes it simple to create natural-sounding synthetic vocal recordings in 15 languages from a choice of over 100 voices and dialects. This output can easily be incorporated into automated marketing or video content, automating the process of creating narration and voiceovers.
This tool is designed to automatically translate complex and confusing “legalese” into straightforward language that can be understood by anyone. Useful both for laypeople wanting to make sure they understand legal documents and for legal professionals to ensure that their contracts and documents are written in terms that anyone can understand.
This AI tool lets you retouch images by removing unwanted objects, defects, or even people, using a process known as “inpainting” to help you create the perfect image.
This tool plugs into popular video conferencing tools like Zoom, Teams, or Webex and automates the process of taking notes and creating transcriptions. It also analyzes conversations to provide insights into the dynamics and decision-making that are going on in your conversations.
Another conference calling application, this one uses algorithms to remove background noises, echo, and other distracting elements in real-time, ensuring that you always come across in a clear and professional manner.