Your data analysis just got a major upgrade
Plus: why chatbots are NOT the future...
A weekly newsletter that highlights new and innovative AI products that are worth exploring.
I’m putting the finishing touches on this email as I sit watching the sunrise across the hills of the Bay Area. Pretty perfect. We travelled down to Northern California with the kids for a fun filled long weekend with friends and family. Day 1 and I’m very much enjoying it.
In this week’s issue:
OpenAI’s Code Interpreter is your personal data scientist
Whismer is an AI assistant tailored to you
AudioPen transforms your raw thoughts into high-quality text
Plus, a recommended read on why chatbots are not the future
PRODUCT OF THE WEEK
After testing dozens of new AI products this week. Here’s my top pick.
OpenAI’s Code Interpreter: ChatGPT is now your data scientist. OpenAI's latest ChatGPT plugin is a revolutionary tool in data analysis. Upload a CSV and watch ChatGPT analyze the data, make visualizations, run statistical tests, do regressions, and highlight key insights. This plugin makes everyone a capable data analyst. Tasks that would have previously required hours of manual coding in R or Matlab are now handled by the AI.
I really like that Code Interpreter also excels (no pun intended) in data visualization, such as converting location data into engaging visuals, tasks that were once reliant on expensive software. Even complex visualizations like radar charts or heatmaps are a breeze for this tool. The plugin can fetch and visualize data from public databases, output charts, and conduct complex analyses, all with minimal input from the user.
Lastly, it can also clean messy data before performing it’s analysis which is awesome. Data cleaning is something that I often had to do at Reddit when doing an analysis and this wouldn’t have been a huge time saver.
In essence, this ChatGPT plugin is a productivity powerhouse that simplifies complex analyses. With Code Interpreter, the future of data analysis is here, and it's excitingly efficient and user-friendly.
OpenAI’s plugins are in a closed alpha. Sign up for the waitlist here.
See below for an example of Code Interpreter correctly identifying the dataset from a CSV and producing a variety of charts:
Two more AI products that are worth your time.
Whismer AI: A personal AI assistant based on your data. Whismer learns from resources that you upload or web links that you provide. All you need to do is upload some documents (.PDF, .DOC, .CSV, .TXT) or add web links and Whismer will adapt how it assists you. Perfect for both personal use or professional settings, it seems like a great tool to answer questions quickly and boost your efficiency. What’s also cool about this product is that you can share your custom AI with others. This means you can create an AI trained on your data that you entire team could use. [Public Launch | Free or Paid Plans]
AudioPen: Convert messy thoughts into clear text. A few weeks ago I wrote about Oasis, a writing assistant that took your voice notes and converted them into a variety of text outputs (blog outline, formal email, etc). AudioPen is very similar, but I think I actually like it better for two reasons. First, it doesn’t change your voice notes too drastically, I found with Oasis that the AI would take too much liberty in adjusting what I said. AudioPen did a better job at simply cleaning up my voice notes, taking out the ums and repeated words, and adding a bit of structure to them. Second, the premium plan has a Zapier integration that allows you to hook up the output into another application. Super useful if you want to have it go straight into an email. Fyi, it’s web only for now. [Beta | Free or Paid Plans]
OTHER AI THINGS HAPPENED
Some other notable news and product launches from this week.
On Wednesday, Google unveiled “AI snapshot,” which puts an AI generated answer above one of the most valuable pieces of real estate on the internet: it’s search results. AI Snapshot is in beta and there is no guarantee that it will ever go public. My hunch is that they want to figure out how to integrate ads into the experience before rolling it out to everyone.
Google’s new “AI snapshot” will only appear for some searches
Google is beginning to rollout access for their text-to-music AI. MusicLM creates music from textual prompts, allowing users to customize the instruments, vibe, mood, or emotion. It’s available through Google’s AI Test Kitchen.
AnthropicAI expands the context window of Claude, their ChatGPT competitor, to roughly 75,000 words of text. This is more than double the 32,000 words that ChatGPT supports. This makes it easier to upload an entire code repository or book and then ask Claude questions about it. For reference, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is 76,944 words.
Niantic, the studio behind Pokemon Go, is back with a new AR game, Peridot. Basically Tamagotchi 2.0 with AI. Adopt little magical pets that use AI to interact uniquely with you and the world.
Sam Altman said that OpenAI plans a pro-copyright model for ChatGPT: “We're trying to work on new models where if an AI system is using your content, or if it's using your style, you get paid for that.” …I’ll believe it when I see it.
Midjourney, the generative AI image tool that was used to create the viral images of Pope in a Balenciaga puffer and a Donald Trump mugshot has reopened their free trials. They had stopped them in March, citing too many users, but most people thought it was because of these AI generated images being passed off as real photos.
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WHAT I'M READING
If you only read one thing this week let it be this.
Why Chatbots Are Not the Future by Amelia Wattenberger
"Last night, over wine and seafood, the inevitable happened. Someone mentioned ChatGPT. I had no choice but to start into an unfiltered, no-holds-barred rant about chatbot interfaces. Unfortunately for the countless hapless people I've talked to in the past few months, this was inexorable. Ever since ChatGPT exploded in popularity, my inner designer has been bursting at the seams. To save future acquaintances, I come to you today: because you've volunteered to be here with me, can we please discuss a few reasons chatbots are not the future of interfaces..." WATTENBERGER
FRIENDS OF AI PRODUCT REPORT
A highlight of cool people doing cool things.
This week I want to give a shoutout to Adam Greenbaum and his newsletter Bagel Bots! Each week, Adam does a deep-dive on a specific AI tool or technique that can help you boost your productivity. I’ve been finding them very useful.
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