All the AI development happening right now is so exciting, isn’t it? Every day, many new services, applications and apps are presented that aim to make things easier for us.
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Just almost first on the ball
My somewhat skeptical personality usually prevents me from being among the “early adopters” when it comes to new technology. Instead, I like to wait a bit after the launch of something new to see what the new thing can do in practical use — for my own work, of course, but especially for my clients and my audience. I always want what I share to be practical and quickly applicable.
Three time-saving services
However, I think it is time to share what I have found useful when it comes to AI so far. Here are three services that might save you as much time as they have saved me.
First: ChatGPT, of course. I did not expect the service to become a helpful colleague for me, but it really has. When I get stuck on a task that I do not know how to solve, I ask ChatGPT for three or five suggestions on how to proceed, and it gives them to me. Not all suggestions are good, but enough of them are valuable for me to get started.
Benefit: If I get stuck, I get unstuck faster. Tasks are completed in less time.
The creators of ChatGPT — OpenAI — have also created Whisper — an open-source app that understands speech — English, of course, but also Swedish and many other languages. And much better than Siri, actually.
I use it to transcribe the speech in my videos into subtitles — automatically. Previously, I had to add subtitles to my videos manually (which took forever), but now Whisper does it for me.
Benefit: Something I did manually now happens automatically, so I save time — about two hours every week.
If you do not have videos to create subtitles for, you can automatically transcribe other recorded speech to text — recorded meetings in Teams or Zoom, perhaps?
(Whisper was a bit tricky to set up, but I actually got guidance from ChatGPT.)
ChatGPT Writer is a Chrome extension for Gmail that uses ChatGPT to write certain emails for me, where it is not so important that the email is personal (so I write emails to readers and customers manually). I can either ask the service to suggest a response to an email I have received or write a new one from scratch.
I use it for emails that are difficult to write, where I risk getting stuck. The service writes a detailed draft of an email that I can then adapt much faster than if I had written it from scratch.
Benefit: I write certain emails faster and have more time for things other than writing emails.
I cannot help but mention the image and video AI service Runway as well. It extrapolates image motifs, for example. I had a standing image, but I needed one in landscape format with the same motif. I did not want to crop the standing image to landscape, so I let Runway come up with what would have come to the right and left in the image if I had taken it in landscape format from the beginning, based on what actually came in the real image. It was not a perfect result, but one that you could get away with!
If, when you hear about what I have found useful, you think “yes, that would save me time too,” try the services I have mentioned.
And, generally when it comes to the AI frenzy we’re in: keep up as best you can and try what seems useful to you. It does not have to take much of your time. Give a service 15 minutes, and you will soon find out if there’s something to gain there or not.
Valuable time saved
If you start using AI services you have found, you have the chance to quickly save a lot of time that you would otherwise spend on things that can now be done automatically. You also become accustomed to using these types of services — a knowledge and experience that I am convinced is highly valued from now on.
What have you found?
Have you found any other AI services that I have not mentioned here that have saved you work and time? Write me and let me know! I wrote this text last Tuesday, and before it reached your eyes, it is possible that much more has emerged that would fit in this trio. I will write about them another time!