AI is all the rage these days, particularly “generative AI”, or AI that can create new content. This could be new text output, new images, or even new videos. The power is amazing, but I see two very different sides to it.
I love the thought of how IA can help with input. I can have it summarize podcast episodes, dig through my notes, or boil a complex topic down into terms that I can understand. It can help a lot in education, and there are huge implications everywhere.
Google has some new tools coming soon that can take notes for you on video calls and summarize long email threads, and I think both of those sound very compelling and likely quite beneficial to all.
The other side is output, and people using AI to generate new content for others. There are certainly cases where this could be beneficial, but most cases lean more toward spam.
You have things like the new IFTTT tools I mentioned a few days ago, and part of Google’s new update is to allow AI to craft emails for you.
Of course, you can’t have one without the other; if AI is powerful enough to summarize data for me, it can certainly do the same with other content and just tweet “new” content all day long.
I suspect both the input and output scenarios will continue to grow in the coming years, but I’m holding out hope that the benefits of AI-powered input will heavily outweigh the faux social media and blogging that’s likely to come from the output of a generative AI system.