Seven Generative AI tools to experiment with today

When emerging technologies make bold promises, how do you separate the hype from the promise and genuine potential? The answer is often to either wait or get stuck in and experiment.

In the case of Generative AI (chatbots and other types of language models), the technology’s lifecycle is currently in what technological research firm, Gartner deems the ‘Peak of Inflated Expectations’.

AI already makes many tasks easier, smartphones and our homes smarter and tells us what to watch on TV according to our viewing preferences, plus what to buy online based on our learned shopping habits.

With advancements in Machine Learning now driving Generative AI’s evolution, we’re promised a future of increased productivity, less time wasted on laborious tasks, and enhanced creativity and ideation.

Many of us will wait for the mainstream adoption of those second and third-generation apps that will inevitably evolve out of this period. While the more curious amongst us will take on an early adopter role and experiment with what’s currently available. 

If you’re in the early adopter camp, here are seven Generative AI-powered tools you’ll want to try for a better understanding of what’s to come and how we’ll work in the future. 

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1.  Synthesia 

Synthesia turns your text into video presentations, hosted by a choice of over 140 AI Avatars.

There are 60+ customisable templates and its avatars can speak in more than 120 languages and accents. You can even clone your voice and pair it with a custom-made avatar.

Video presentations can feature brand logos, corporate colours or royalty-free images and when you need to update the voiceover, it’s as simple as editing the copy. 

2. ChatGPT

Language model, ChatGPT instantly provides information on a wide range of topics, helping you to research and gather data. You can use it to draft email campaigns, social media posts, captions, headlines and other text-based requirements. It can also help with translation, problem-solving and creative ideation based on your input and prompts. 

3. PI 

The PI chatbot from Inflection AI isn’t just smart, it also boasts emotional intelligence by replicating a human’s empathetic and compassionate behaviour.

Pi goes beyond traditional productivity or search-focused bots. It provides you with personalised and supportive companionship in the form of friendly advice, concise information and engaging conversations. Unlike other chatbots, Pi offers information tailored to your interests and needs. Pi could be your coach, confidante, creative partner or sounding board.

Add +1 (314) 333-1111 to your contacts to message Pi on WhatsApp or SMS. 

4. Otter.AI

As a writer, I use Otter for real-time transcription from recorded video interviews. But it’s also useful for taking meeting notes, summarising webinars or simply capturing your thoughts while out walking or driving.

By connecting Otter to your online calendar, it knows each of your scheduled meetings and can either automatically join your Zoom calls (even if you’re unable to attend) or ask if you want to record and transcribe.

Otter can transcribe and record up to four hours of a meeting or other audio source. Its notes, transcriptions and playbacks can then be shared between colleagues.


VEED.IO’s image generator is a free online tool that allows you to create AI-generated images from text. Simply type a word or image descriptor, click on ‘Generate Image’ and marvel as the AI produces an image based on your text.

You will often need to refine your prompts until you achieve your desired art style. But once you have an AI-generated image, you can download it in three different resolution sizes.

VEED also offers several other AI tools such as its AI video editor, allowing you to create videos from the images you generate. 

6. AudioPen

With a click of the mic button, AudioPen will listen to you talk for up to three minutes on the free version and transform rambling thoughts into clear and concise text that’s ready to share.

It will remove repetition, edit out all of your filler words and restructure text to make it easier to read.

If you’re better at vocalising your thoughts rather than writing them down, AudioPen is ideal (you get 15 minutes of recording time on paid subscriptions). It will even create text in different languages and styles, suitable for blog posts, emails, SMS messages and more. 

7. Opus Clip

Opus Clip analyses your long-form videos and identifies interesting segments and cool highlights before exporting them into short clips, perfect for social media. It saves costly editing time and is ideal for event planners uploading conference session clips to platforms like YouTube Shorts.

Remember, Generative AI tools are by no means perfect currently and some are certainly more useful than others. But by being curious and experimenting with the free and paid-for versions of the current crop, you’re opening a window to a world of possibilities. 

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