Notion is now allowing anyone to use its AI features

Although the AI ​​is integrated into the app can writing articles out of whole cloth (I asked him to write a blog post about the Notion AI announcement, and he split out 385 words, but some of which were accurate), the company is pitching him more as a “thought partner”. In its announcement post, the company says that one of the features alpha testers used the most was asking it to improve the text they had written. For example, you can highlight text and ask Notion to rewrite it in a different tone, use simpler language, or cut out or cut down a sentence.

Notion AI is also meant to help with other types of tasks — it can, according to the company, summarize an article or notes, generate a task list based on selected text, and perform translations.

Like ChatGPT (and unlike Microsoft’s Bing), Notion’s AI doesn’t seem to have much concept of recent events. I asked him to write about the latest news from Artifact (a personalized news app), and he wrote a reasonably accurate summary of Valve’s 2021 announcement that the company was no longer working on a virtual trading card game. Notion warns that the AI ​​can output incorrect information, and its guidance on using the AI ​​features also says it can be biased or “output harmful content when prompted.”

The company is “working with multiple partners including OpenAI, Anthropic, among others” to power the feature, according to Notion spokeswoman Becky Sosnov, and is “continually testing more” as time goes on.

You can try Notion AI for free right now, and every user gets 20 free AI answer workspaces; this promotion, according to Notion, will end on April 5, 2023. After that (or after you’ve used your 20 responses), it will cost $8 per month per workspace member billed annually or $10 per month per monthly billed member, for which you will get unlimited access to the feature.

It’s not just Microsoft, either. The company that produces Raycast, a productivity tool intended to replace Apple’s Spotlight, announced on Wednesday that it is integrating OpenAI technology to do many of the same things Notion’s AI does — though a list requires a signature waiting to use it. And another note-taking app, Mem, promises to use AI to organize your notes, and the Craft note-taking tool has an “AI assistant” powered by OpenAI’s GPT-3 technology. With other big tech companies like Google working on their own AI chatbots, it looks like we’ll see these types of features spread to more apps and services.

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