Beyond the hype, the shitty AI wrapper companies, what are the AI tools that you are actively using on a day-to-day basis?
I'll start.
I use ChatGPT4.0 to
  • Help me write scientific grant proposals. I basically write the paragraphs in my own words, and prompt ChatGPT to rewrite them using better scientific language. It's great at this.
  • Drastically improve the quality of my scientific papers. Same as above, I first write it in my own words and then let it improve the text. It's also pretty good at this, but the hyperbolic language that is ok for grant proposals sometimes needs to be tone-downed for a more factual paper.
  • I also use it for improving the quality of other non-native colleague's paper drafts, but when their English is too crappy, it cannot do a better job than me at making sense of what the colleague was trying to convey.
  • Debug Python code. Just copy paste the error message I get in my Jupyter notebooks, ChatGPT is faster than my past workflow of using Stack Overflow. I tried using it to write scientific code for me, but due to I presume the lack of training data for the highly specific type of code I do, it was not that good.
  • When I played around with app development, ChatGPT has been great at helping me get started, choose the right tools, debug code, etc. I was almost relying on it too much in the sense that I did not always understand everything it wrote, yet worked. But as I progressed, the app structure was getting complicated and I had to spend a lot of time to remind ChatGPT what was already there whenever I was closing an ongoing session. I plan on restarting this process, but where I learn the fundamentals first and just use ChatGPT as a companion rather than my master.
I used to have a plugin in youtube that gives me summaries of long videos that I was about to watch. Helped me check if it's worth the time. The tool broke, didn't bother troubleshooting it. Don't remember the name.
Are there any ChatGPT wrappers that you use and believe will still be there in the future, i.e. OpenAI won't kill them by implementing the same functionality? Remember the PDF wrappers that died overnight.
Please avoid dropping lists of "10 AI tools everyone should know about" that are just there for Twitter engagement farming. I want to know about the tools YOU actively use on a day-to-day basis :)
It's insane how much faster ChatGPT is at giving debugging answers, or just general Linux devops answers. Its a lot faster to ask ChatGPT how to accomplish what I want in a docker-compose file than digging through documentation and hoping for the best.
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True. I forgot to add it in my workflow, but it's insanely better at helping me debug Fortran code. Fortran isn't that common on Stack Overflow, so it's nice to have this tool that apparently has been trained on a lot of obscure Fortran documentation...
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In the same vane, I've used it a few times to translate Python code into Fortran code. It's pretty good at that too...
Once I gave it a screenshot of an equation in a paper, and asked it to write me the Fortran and Python version. In addition to correctly guessing what the equation was trying to represent, it also gave decent implementations that I could improve with some proper prompting. It also helped me understand a detail that I had missed in the original equation.
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That's so awesome. I've also noticed AI is great at "translation" like that. It's also good for turning data into another format, as long as that format is well-defined on the internet
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Oobabooga Open source web UI for LLMs https://github.com/oobabooga/text-generation-webui
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Like most people chatbots, a little image gen and some image recognition/recommendation software that comes with stuff i already use
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I've been using this one:
Created on all of lopps material.
For now I'm sticking to AI that I don't need to sign up for. I'd like to know about more too
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Interesting. Tried to tickle him about CASA's support for ETH, and he was pretty good at responding to it, coherent with the way he's been responding to critics before.
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Some of the security stuff is great too. Really made me question my current cold wallet setup
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the list is pretty long
I use: ChatGPT/Claude/Bard for brainstorming/random questions or explorations. There are several reasons I use multiple llms at once (Bard by far the least). One is that I've had mixed experience with their creativity in problem solving (for example i used the same question which was how to solve a decentralized reputation system that is entirely public key cryptography based on most LLMs out there and the results are wildly different, from not even understanding the question properly (Bard) to coming up with decent strategies (Claude). The other reason is multitasking (as i'm too lazy and cheap to run multiple api based chatgpts locally). I also used pdf reading frequently to summarize things and evaluate if i should actually read the documents.
GH copilot, Cursor and chatgpt for coding - mostly i treat chatgpt as a junior dev that works for me, specially where i'm rusty with the syntax but know exactly what i want to achieve (which describes majority of my coding)
I have several things running "locally", whisper for my transciber bot, ollama for testing various llms locally, SD for photo to text experimentations
Dalle, Midjourney, and occasionaly SD for brainstorming, memes etc
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To give some context to my experience with AI, I work professionally as an English teacher and a freelance writer, so I do tons of writing almost every day. Here is the list of AI tools I use regularly:
  • I used to rely compulsively on ChatGPT 3.5 to improve my writing, but I have since turned to Google Bard. I like how Bard automatically explains the changes it makes to my writing without me prompting it. It makes me think deeper about achieving a professional tone vis-a-vis flaunting my funky style.
  • I use Nightcafe and Dall-E to generate images to complement my writing. I love this image I created about tradition criss-crossing with technology in Japan.
  • I have used Pictory.AI and Kapwing to instantly churn out videos based on my prose. Unfortunately, their free versions only allowed me to make 2-3 videos.
  • I have used MagicSchool.AI to generate a lesson plan. However, I think it’s not very detailed for experienced teachers like me. Maybe it’s more suited for new teachers trying to feel their way around.
  • I have used Diffit to generate reading passages. The awesome thing about Diffit is that it generates a list of vocabulary words and explanations, as well as multiple-choice questions and open-ended prompts.
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Exactly the kind of response I was hoping for. I haven't given Google Bard a try, probably out of a lack of need for a better tool. ChatGPT 4.0 is giving me just what I need for now. ChatGPT 3.5, however, was disappointingly subpar for my goals.
Will try it out when I don't feel like paying for ChatGPT 4.0 anymore.
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Yup, enjoyed reading about your work processes. Hope more Stackers share their favourite tools too.
Btw, Bard gives summaries of YouTube videos. Use this prompt: Provide the key points discussed in this video: [video’s URL]"
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great question, it provoked some excellent response. I would also answer what others have said.
  1. proof reading and improving my writing
  2. occasionally improving my basic simple code
  3. I use it often as a personal tutor to teach me math or physics material- it is a Great tutor. if you have a doubt on an answer, just ask the question again from a different angle
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I know just enough Python and C to be dangerous, but am not a formally educated programmer and have sort of fumbled my way into the field. I've found ChatGPT to be an excellent tool for plugging the gaps in my knowledge.
Some examples of how I've used it:
  • Write me a draft mathematical spec of the following code.
  • Can you make the following code more concise and / or efficient?
  • Can you provide a commonly recognized approach for handling the following problem? (an example: A definition that accepts many input arguments, all of which have to be cross checked for the correct data type and range)
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Very similar. I code daily, but not actually trained as a programmer. My code is dirty, hacky and not something I'd recommend others to use as a black box...
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Ya, I'm also working in the sciences (industry though, seems like you're an academic!)
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If on macOS: https://ollama.ai/ .. (haven't found a Linux variant yet)
just super convenient for managing LLM. I tried a few other similar programs that didn't seem to work as well. I'm basically a light user an so far just use in a similar way you mentioned being faster than stackoverflow. I could see that codellama or similar python models, or dual-language translation would be beneficial and have scope for me in the future.
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ollama also works perfectly on linux
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Thanks for that, I hadn't tried it.
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For image generation, I recommend https://replicate.com/, which aggregates plenty of AI models trained for specific use cases. Free below a threshold.
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ChatGPT is my one A.I playing field
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I testing out Brave Leo
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I am actively removing these technologies from my life. I used to love smart home stuff and my google assistance on my phone. In the time that AI has really taken off, I have found myself distancing myself from it. Now I have a stripped down privacy focused minimal phone with almost nothing on it. I like watching it unfold and seeing how other people make it work for them. But its not for me.
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read.ai takes the minutes of my online video calls. I'm looking for an AI tool that could give me the key takeaways of long videos. Any tool you can recommend?
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I've been recommend this one, but never tried it: https://notegpt.io/youtube-video-summarizer
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Also, Glarity seems to be a thing too
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Will check both tools thanks 🙏 there are many out there
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I use this AI tool for easy art creation https://www.seaart.ai/u/XXL10R
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Writing grant proposals and debugging python code
Impressive
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I've also created specific ChatGPTs for grant writing and paper writing, but I don't have objective data to check if those are really better than what I'd get when just using the default ChatGPT.
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