A year ago there was only ChatGPT, but now no one can keep up with the number of AI tools. These are our five favorites. Today anyway, because in a few weeks or months that list may look completely different again.
These 5 AI tools should not be missing in the toolbox of event planners!
1. Best chatbot: Copilot
Bing Chat has been renamed Copilot (copilot.microsoft.com), the same brand name that Microsoft uses for the built-in chatbots in its office software Microsoft 365 and Windows 11. That's confusing, because each of those Copilots offers different capabilities, although they share the same underlying AI technology (GPT-4, OpenAI's most advanced language model). On the other hand, Bing Chat wasn't a great name.
Copilot is most useful as a 'sidebar' in the Microsoft Edge browser. Because then you have a chatbot in a bar on the right side of your browser that looks at the same web page and can answer questions about it. For example: “Summary this web page in Dutch”, for a lengthy text in any language.
At the end of 2023, GPT-4 is still by far the most advanced AI language model. For almost all applications we know of, GPT-4 is better than smaller, more specialized AI models. You can reach GPT-4 either via Copilot or via ChatGPT Plus – but the paid version of ChatGPT costs $20 per month.
The latest addition to Copilot: you can now have a complete song written (lyrics, music, orchestration and singing by a computer voice) via Suno. If Microsoft can keep adding features like that, we'll be recommending this as the best AI chatbot for a while.
Recently there is also a Copilot app for Android smartphones (but not yet for iPhone).
2. Best chatbot to talk to: ChatGPT app
While jogging or doing the dishes, you can have a conversation with ChatGPT, which is a completely new way to inform yourself about a specific topic. To do this, you need to use the ChatGPT app on your smartphone and tap the headset at the bottom. Then ask a question through your wireless earphones (you really need them) – “Tell me about the history of festivals” – and you will receive an answer that you can then continue asking questions about endlessly.
After your question there is a silence of 1 to 2 seconds, just short enough for it to feel like a real conversation. ChatGPT has difficulty pronouncing some answers (some things went wrong with the years in my question above). And you can't interrupt ChatGPT, you have to wait until it finishes speaking. But that is still a foretaste of how everyone will deal with computers and digital information in a few years.
3. The best image generator: Dall-E 3 (and Copilot again)
When you request an image from Copilot, it will in turn write a prompt for Dall-E 3, OpenAI's latest image generator. While with Dall-E 2 you had to explicitly ask for a certain style (otherwise the result could really go in any direction), Dall-E 3 itself comes with images that look great, albeit often with candy colors. Very suitable for a public event, perhaps less so for a business event. What Dall-E 3 can and is allowed to do (there are many restrictions on what you can charge!), it does much better than previous models.
4. Best chatbot for images and video: Bard
Google is doing everything it can to keep up with GPT-4 and ChatGPT. Bard (bard.google.com) has recently started using the new language model Gemini Pro and has learned some tricks, especially in analyzing images and videos.
The best feature is that you can ask questions about a YouTube video. Useful if you want to know what is said or done in an hour-long video. Paste the YouTube link into Bard and you will get a summary. You can also request the entire text. Suppose you don't like listening to podcasts and the podcast in question is on YouTube, you can ask Bard: “What is said about events in this podcast?”
ChatGPT Plus (the paid subscription) has some optional plugins that can do something similar. But we believe this is where Google will make a difference in 2024. You can also ask for information about an image or photo. For example, this is a fast way to digitize a printed document (such as a letter): upload a photo of the document, Bard can immediately translate and summarize it.
5. Best to edit photos: Adobe Firefly
We talked about Firefly (adobe.firefly.com) here last month. If you want to get started with your own photos (or someone else's), Adobe Firefly has a collection of unique and surprisingly powerful AI tools. Erase people or objects from a photo? Cut out the background? Add all kinds of objects? It was already possible with Photoshop, but thanks to Firefly you don't need any special skills.