Contrary to popular belief, AI or artificial intelligence isn’t just for making Balenciaga meme videos on the internet or for stealing artists’ jobs. Right now, there’s a plethora of AI applications and websites that can help you boost your productivity.
Of course, how much of a boost you’re getting from these AI applications and websites depends on the nature of your white-collar work. But generally, the following AI applications and websites we’ll be recommending can handle the menial tasks for you so you can focus on ideas and the bigger picture.
Some of them are free while others are locked behind a paywall, naturally. Also, we’ve chosen to forego featuring the most prominent ones like Grammarly, ChatGPT, etc. since they have such widespread use, you probably already use them.
If you’re just starting out and you want some kind of video but don’t have the budget for professional actors, then you can employ something like Fliki. It will turn your text into videos as long as you know how to write actions more descriptively in a language that the AI will understand.
It also functions well as an all-in-one video editor which creates the whole video for you; so all you really have to do is visualize and write the instructions to the AI. It’s a powerful tool, no doubt– one that should never be abused.
If you want verbal announcements or even your own podcasts without having to use your voice, then an AI tool like Play.ht is here to the rescue. It allows you to generate realistic text-to-speech audio with its own voice generator for synthetic voices.
You can even make it so the audio is rendered in a natural or casual environment so there’s little to no need for editing. You can then download the converted files as MP3 or WAV audio files. There’s a free account section here and you can try out the demo for free to see if you will like their voice generation.
QuillBot (Writing Tool)
For text-to-text tools that will allow you to improve your writing effortlessly or rather, will improve your writing with its effort, then QuillBot can help immensely. It’s a paraphrasing AI tool that will analyze your text and convert it to something easier to understand.
The free mode isn’t perfect, of course, and at times, QuillBot will merely replace the words with synonyms for the sake of paraphrasing. So you can imagine how useful it can be for people who are short on time but need to write something quickly so you can focus on the flow of ideas instead of form.
GPTZero (Plagiarism Checker)
All these writing tools are somewhat worrying especially for teachers and academes who expect some of their students to take advantage of the AI tool boom. Hence, GPTZero can be a good countermeasure to see whether the effort is human or AI.
GPTZero touts itself as the number one AI detector on the planet. All you have to do is input the sample text and GPTZero will check whether the various AI text-to-text services and text-generation tools are involved. A lot of universities already use this as a tool to combat plagiarism and human credit grabbing.
It’s a bit of a misnomer since Descript isn’t just for audio-to-text transcriptions. It can also perform the opposite of that task and it can also create text-to-video, meaning it functions similarly to both Fliki and Play.ht– an all-in-one video/audio editor. It’s another great tool for a one-man podcast or influencer team.
Descript’s developers take pride in the tool’s simplicity. At the same time, it’s also a powerful and versatile tool that you can also use for screen recording and clip creation. At times, it even feels like the transcription is just an added bonus once you see the full extent of what Descript can do with your text.
GitHub Copilot (Programming Tool)
GitHub is already a lovely ecosystem for programmers so a group of them decided to band together with the help of OpenAI to create an AI assistant for multiple programming languages. It works mostly by autocompleting code for the programmer and it has been around since 2021.
It’s not free, of course, but there’s a free trial at the ready for those looking to test out their codes. GitHub Copilot is also trained on billions of lines of code to help anyone struggling with theirs. There are two packages; one for individuals, and one for companies (more expensive). The tool’s main purpose is to help programmers focus ideas for building software instead of just code errors and limitations.
Stable Diffusion (Text-To-Image)
There’s still an ongoing debate on the ethics and moral standing of text-to-image so you’ll want to use your better judgment and ethics to decide on whether it’s worth it for work or business. In any case, Stable Diffusion is one of the more accessible image-generation tools. It doesn’t require you to input your prompt in code though we imagine that can help.
It has its limitations and can’t really draw humans and organic eyes well, but for landscapes and static or lifeless objects (such as food), it’s competent. You can even use it to create photos for your restaurant’s menu– provided you can back it up with the actual food.
ElevenLabs (Realistic Speech)
While tools like Play.ht are available, AI voice generators like ElevenLabs offer the most realistic and most satisfying synthetic voice in the AI space right now. It even boasts so itself. Its main purpose is to create a new platform for storytelling for creators and publishers.
It works well for voicing out audiobooks, news articles, and just about any storytelling video and it’s built and developed to recognize the emotions behind certain words with the proper intonation. Even through all of that, the developers of ElevenLabs are still committed to upholding human ethics and to ensuring that their AI never falls into misuse.