30 Practical AI Tools

Random Observation/Comment #802: Your job won’t be replaced by AI. It’ll be replaced by someone who knows how to use AI tools.

—> Generated by Midjourney V5. Prompt written by ChatGPT (Model: GPT-4).
—> Specific prompt: A photograph of a giant AI brain connecting to various tools and devices in a digital network, taken with a Panasonic Lumix GH5 with a 12-35mm f/2.8 lens. –ar 16:9 –v 5

Why this List?

This AI technology is so much more fun than Web3 because I can actually apply it to my everyday productivity. What a time to be alive!

For those keeping track, I’ve written a few pieces on AI and AGI:

Here are some of the apps I’m currently playing around with and applying to my own personal toolbelt. I would use these for being more productive in the Creator Economy (if we want to go this route) and automating some mundane writing tasks. I personally can’t wait for the “Project Manager” AI bot that just reads all our google docs and latest notion pages and generates a “Company-wide Weekly Summary.”

How do I keep updated on these topics? I personally love following Matt’s Future Tools newsletter and Ben’s bites. I also follow the r/ChatGPT subreddit and a few more random youtubers.

  1. ChatGPT by OpenAI – I’m loving just creating separate threads on exploring different things – $20/month is well worth it. I would love to get this embedded into slack so multiple people can train the same bot instance. If you’re more advanced, use the Platform version of the OpenAI site. The 250+ ChatGPT Prompts by AI Advantage is a great starting point. If you’re looking for something that combines multiple chatbots together, check out Poe. It has a really fast iOS app (but no Android yet). I also think the Wavelength app is pretty cool. It’s basically ChatGPT but with friends in a messaging app.
  2. Midjourney – This image generation tool is just so powerful. I even like using ChatGPT to generate the prompts to feed into MidJourney. It’s so easy to get more meta in order to create some catchier blogposts or youtube thumbnails. There’s also some eerie power and scale with hooking the interface up exclusively to discord bots. Obscurious on youtube did an excellent guide on this. I’d personally use this for generating my profile pics and then additional stock material. There’s also Stable Diffusion and Adobe Firefly. I’m pretty sure all major photo editing software will include a tie-in to AI image generation.
  3. Eleven Labs – I wanted to use this to train my voice and then generate an audiobook for My Life in Lists of 30. I’m still determining whether or not this is good enough or if I should just record it myself. If I still need to listen to all of the generated sounds then it might not save that much time.
  4. D-ID – Upload your audio and the face augmentation will follow the words and emphasis. It’s pretty creepy TBH. Here’s a video of me giving an intro.
  5. Notion AI – Trying out different prompts for converting bullet point notes into paragraphs and making edits. This is super convenient because it’s already embedded into our company’s notion subscription. I don’t think it’s as powerful as chatGPT though
  6. Mubert AI music – I like the idea of text-to-music and inspiration by multiple artists. I hope more people lean into this and share royalties. It’s just a faster version of creating mash-ups. Cost of making mash-ups to zero.
  7. Synthesia.io – I still need to record myself behind a greenscreen so it can capture my body and motions, but I was testing with this a few months ago. I feel like the voice synthesis isn’t as clean as Eleven Labs, but still really good for including video generation. This is a wrapper of multiple tools
  8. Phind.com – This is one of the coolest tools for developers. You can literally ask anything from easy to niche complicated and it’ll give a quick response with references. It’s basically the Comp Sci professor that’s willing to give you answers to everything.
  9. Codeium Browser Extension – This is one of the best tools for learning how to code. It does full AI autocomplete on your IDEs like Visual Studio Code. It’s free and helps generate the activity. You can just write your code function descriptions and it fills in the rest.
  10. Leiapix – If you’re making videos then this is a great tool for taking some MidJourney art output and applying some funky panning effects to a static image. I’ve been experimenting with this for sharing my personal pictures through this filter in order to get more short form video content of still images.
  11. Kaiber.ai – I started exploring this tool around the same time as Leiapix because it shows a morph of an image over time to a new image. I took this picture of a Darth Vader on the wall in Amsterdam and wanted to see how it would look with steampunk fade.
  1. Invideo.io – When I look at these video creation tools now, I try to figure out what’s the scope and focus of their product. The invideo creation seems to be more end-to-end for generating brand-based material with an easy-to-use interface for overlaying audio, video, and text. The reason I want to bring this up is the example of leveraging AI modules for improving the workflow. They also integrate with templates, stock photo companies, and AI generated content to make quick photos. Honestly, this is a great feature list to add to Canva.
  2. Character.ai – More advanced version of chatGPT because you’re chatting with the same assistant and training it with other members of the community. I personally think a broad chat character is super interesting because you’re sharing pre-trained agents. You can create your own characters and even have rooms with multiple characters inside of them.
  3. Meetcody.ai – This is basically ChatGPT where you can upload your documents or material to train the bot for specific business interactions. I think you can recreate this by just having a single ChatGPT slackbot or discord bot available with combined training. The presentation of this makes it look like a HR Q&A replacement.
  4. CodeDesign.ai – There’s a few of these out there already. I think Google Sites will bring the cost to making websites to 0 since buying a google domain and launching a google site is built-in pricing. Code Design is decent. I also tried Mixo which is just a one-liner into a startup single page static app. I also looked at Tome, which has some pretty designer templates. The Uncody platform is also pretty clean. I’m sure all the big players like Squarespace, Wix, WordPress, and GoDaddy will provide some easy-to-use generation feature based on your type of website and look at some easy acquisitions of team members from these other smaller projects.
  5. LogoAI – Along with the website generation probably needs some logo creation inspired by different existing logos and text styles. I really like the idea of generating infinite number of items and then paying for the one you actually like.
  6. ChatPDF & ChatDoc– I wouldn’t send any of my work files in here, but this can definitely be useful if I’m trying to read a collection of material (like meeting minutes from a collection of stocks). There was a great in-depth video of analysis across Tesla PDFs.
  7. Pico – Not just for static websites, but for full apps with frontends and lightweight backends connecting to APIs.
  8. Literallyanything.io – There’s a lot of ugly apps on this, but I do like the community sharing part of this and room for experimentation. You can iterate off of someone else’s idea and build further. I personally like the Replit model for hosting and learning code.
  9. Ora.sh -This is probably the best of the generic app creations that I tried because it gives practical usage of making AI-enabled applications rather than just code generate simple web1 and web2 sites. This will likely get completely replaced by ChatGPT + Plug-ins as this doesn’t host the app on your behalf.
  10. Gamma.app – While I’m still a sucker for making some fun slides, I really like the end-to-end generation of this material. I think the question-to-ChatGPT-to-bulletpoints-to-videos will mean all my work covering competitor and SWOT analysis will be made much easier.
  11. bookAI.chat – If the chatbot can read all of the books available then you can basically talk to the authors. This would be an easier interface for submitting the specific books in order to create a Character.AI type of conversational interface. I was only interested in this specifically because I wanted to submit my own books and generate a series of questions to myself.
  12. Klavier.ai – Similar to ChatPDF and ChatDoc, but it reads from live gitbook websites in order to learn about your product. I think this could be a very clever way of initially training your company’s bot to learn about your own product. I think this might be more useful if the data was internal or used with Educational material.
  13. Perplexity.ai – If you’re curious, this is a search-like interface for asking questions. It will include references to online articles. Here’s the references you’ve been looking for!
  14. Numerous.ai – I feel like this spreadsheet add-on has been around for a while, but I’m liking the new ways of filling out opinion data. I wonder if we can implement this into user design research.
  15. RoomGPT – This text-to-X or ChatGPT-for-Y is going everywhere. This probably looks like it sprinkles some AI onto the product based on learning different room designs and shapes. I like the Houzz app where I can actually buy the items from the room I create. I personally think this AI generated 3d Mesh is much more exciting. Text2Room paper.
  16. Magic Thumbnails – I definitely need to use this more often because I don’t even save thumbnails for my workshops. It feels like a good thing to optimize on especially if people are just scrolling to look at images instead of reading the text about the video.
  17. Rationale.jina.ai – This is a quick decision making tool that helps create pro/con tables and SWOT analysis. I don’t think I would trust it for choosing between software providers, but it’s pretty good with generic questions. I can see ChatGPT providing similar responses if you just give it a good prompt.
  18. AgentGPT & AutoGPT– Autonomous Agents is already here! That means you can provide a random goal for your AI bot and have it do searches, make decisions, and recursively execute the decisions until a plan or goal can be executed. It’s a website version of AutoGPT and BabyGPT. The amazing part about AutoGPT is we can set all of it up locally and save data directly to pinecone. They also allow for text to speech through ElevenLabs, so you’re just talking to your bot. You can ask it questions or give it purpose. What a time to be alive!
  19. Bardeen – This is a very powerful chrome extension that automates a lot of manual tasks and can use AI for building some of these playbooks. For example, you can have the AI bot write specific apps and also execute them for things like summaries pushed to Notion. It reminds me of IFTTT, but in a browser and with fewer triggers related to devices.

~See Lemons Use AI