Product of the week: Superflows - the AI that redefines email responses

Plus: Can a machine know that we know what it knows?

A weekly newsletter that highlights new and innovative AI products that are worth exploring.

Hey hey, the weekend is almost here!

In this week’s issue:

  • I finally found an AI inbox assistant that is actually good

  • A personal AI focused on helping you build a stronger network

  • A tool for quick data insights and visualizations

  • A financial expert in your pocket

  • Plus, a long-form read on machines and theory of mind


After testing dozens of new AI products this week. Here’s my top pick.

Superflows: Reply to emails in 1-click.

There are a number of Chrome plugins that promise to give you email superpowers, but in general, I’ve been hesitant to recommend them because they generate generic dear sir/madam emails. But Superflows caught my eye for few reasons.

First, Superflows shows you a summary of the inbound email, giving you confidence that the AI has correctly analyzed and understood the content. This not only saves you time from reading a long email, but also builds trust.

Second, while Superflows drafts a response to the email, it also gives you a few quick options to tailor the response, in case there's a particular area or action you want to emphasize.

Third, it claims to adapt to your writing style. While I haven't noticed any responses that definitely match "my style", the generated responses have not felt unnatural like some other email generators.

Superflow appears to be one of the best AIs for your inbox.

[Public Launch | Free or Paid]


Three more AI products that are worth your time.

Nexus: A personal AI focused on helping you build a stronger network. It’s developed by the creators of the personal CRM, Clay. The premise of Nexus revolves around integrating data from various communication platforms such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Gmail, LinkedIn, and Twitter. It uses this extensive data to provide useful insights and make recommendations tailored to your needs. For instance, if you're traveling to the UK, Nexus can suggest contacts you should meet. Before a meeting, it can furnish a summary of a person's background. However, the effectiveness of Nexus hinges on the your willingness to integrate all of these various platforms into Nexus. I found this consolidation a formidable challenge given the plethora of platforms I regularly use. [Beta | Free or Paid]

DataSquirrel: Quick data insights and visualizations. Last week my product of the week was OpenAI’s Code Interpreter. DataSquirrel is a competing with Code Interpreter and might win since htey are solely focused on data insights, unlike OpenAI. While Code Interpreter appears to be a more powerful too, DataSquirrel still impressed me with it’s ability to analyze a few CSVs I threw at it and generated some useful charts. [Public Launch | Free or Paid]

Parthean: A financial expert in your pocket. By integrating AI with your personal financial information, Parthean AI can answer specific questions about your finances, from spending capabilities on a trip to retirement plans. Furthermore, the AI also offers personalized financial planning services, assisting you in building budget-friendly plans for various life events, such as paying off debt or planning for a wedding. Notably, Parthean AI values transparency and explains its rationale behind the advice given, providing full breakdowns and even citations for you to understand the complete financial picture. [Beta | Free or Paid]

Parthean AI helps you build personalized plans


Some other notable news and product launches from this week

Late last week, lawmakers in the European Parliament approved the EU's AI Act, which regulates artificial intelligence through a risk-based approach. The Act includes requirements for developers of "foundation models" such as ChatGPT, ensuring that their training data is copyright compliant. Based on my understanding of the AI Act, it may lead many companies to simply restrict access to their LLMs for EU citizens. This would greatly disadvantage the EU.

On Tuesday, OpenAI's CEO, Sam Altman, called for governmental regulation of the AI industry in a congressional hearing, proposing limits on AI capabilities, new safety standards, and a licensing agency for large-scale AI projects. He also endorsed the creation of a new liability framework for AI, disclosure rules, and independent AI testing labs, while cautioning against regulations that could disadvantage smaller companies. Hopefully congress is paying attention this time and engages in thoughtful discussions, unlike last time for social media regulation.

OpenAI is reportedly preparing to release a new open-source language model to the public, joining other tech companies like Microsoft and Google in the rapidly growing area of generative AI. BUT (yes, a big all caps but), the forthcoming model is not expected to compete directly with OpenAI's own GPT-4. So are they only going to open source GPT-1? Cool.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT is now in the iOS App Store. Now you can have ChatGPT on the go. It also supports voice dictation, so you can talk to it. I’ve swapped out the Chrome app on my homescreen with ChatGPT. Android coming soon.

Another OpenAI bit of news…they’ve been busy. OpenAI announced that it is rolling out their ChatGPT Plugins to all ChatGPT Plus subscribers. This has 2011 App Store vibes. I’ve been playing around with them and there are certainly some that are useful, such as OpenTable and Web Browsing.


If you only read one thing this week let it be this.

Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows? by Oliver Whang

"Mind reading is common among us humans. Not in the ways that psychics claim to do it, by gaining access to the warm streams of consciousness that fill every individual’s experience, or in the ways that mentalists claim to do it, by pulling a thought out of your head at will. Everyday mind reading is more subtle: We take in people’s faces and movements, listen to their words and then decide or intuit what might be going on in their heads. Among psychologists, such intuitive psychology — the ability to attribute to other people mental states different from our own — is called theory of mind, and its absence or impairment has been linked to autism, schizophrenia and other developmental disorders. Theory of mind helps us communicate with and understand one another; it allows us to enjoy literature and movies, play games and make sense of our social surroundings. In many ways, the capacity is an essential part of being human. What if a machine could read minds, too?..." NEW YORK TIMES


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