- The Arrival of AI Tools in the Workplace: What to Expect
The Dawn of AI in the Workplace: A New Era of Productivity
The buzz around artificial intelligence (AI) is not just hype—it’s a transformative force reshaping the way we work. The advent of generative AI, sparked by the launch of ChatGPT in November 2022, has opened up a world of possibilities for enhancing productivity.
These AI tools, ranging from standalone chatbots to integrated software solutions, are becoming our personal assistants, helping us draft emails, summarise text, transcribe meetings, and even analyse data.
But what does this mean for you? It means a future where your work is streamlined, where tedious tasks are automated, and where you can focus on what truly matters—creative problem-solving and strategic thinking.
The Arrival of AI Tools in the Workplace: What to Expect
Tech giants have been teasing us with promises of transformative AI tools, and now, they’re finally starting to deliver. Here’s a rundown of the major generative AI tools that are either live or soon to be launched.
But remember, before you dive in, it’s crucial to understand your company’s policies on AI and third-party app usage, as well as the relevant laws and regulations. It’s also important to understand how these tools handle your data to ensure your privacy and security.
Microsoft 365 Copilot: Your New Work Companion
Microsoft swiftly followed the launch of the new Bing, powered by GPT-4, with Copilot. This tool uses generative AI to automate tasks within Microsoft’s suite of work apps. With Copilot, you can draft text in Word, create PowerPoint slideshows from a simple prompt, and analyse data in Excel to generate charts and graphs.
Imagine the time you could save by letting Copilot handle your routine tasks. Need to draft a report? Copilot can help you get started. Need to create a presentation?
Just give Copilot a prompt, and it will generate a slideshow for you. Copilot can also summarise email threads in Outlook and create real-time meeting summaries in Teams. Currently, Copilot is available to enterprises via an invitation-only paid preview program.
Google Duet AI: A Symphony of Productivity
Google announced a collection of tools for its Workspace apps called Duet AI at its annual developers conference, I/O. Duet AI can help you compose emails in Gmail, write drafts in Docs, and even create visuals in Slides from a text prompt. It can also organise data within a spreadsheet in Sheets.
Duet AI is like having a personal assistant who understands your work and helps you get it done more efficiently. Need to write a job description? Duet AI can help you draft it. Need to create a visual for a presentation?
Just give Duet AI a text prompt, and it will generate the image for you. Currently, Duet AI tools are available in a testing environment called Labs, with broader access coming soon.
Zoom IQ: Making Meetings Smarter
Zoom has launched its own collection of smart tools, Zoom IQ, which includes AI-powered features for video conferencing. Zoom IQ can summarise meetings in real time, kick off brainstorming sessions based on text prompts, summarise Zoom chats, draft emails based on those conversations, and create agendas for future meetings.
With Zoom IQ, you can make your meetings more productive and efficient. Missed a meeting? Zoom IQ can provide a real-time summary. Need to brainstorm ideas? Just give Zoom IQ a text prompt, and it will kick off a brainstorming session.
These features will be available to paid subscribers and as a freetrial in the coming weeks.
Slack GPT: Streamlining Communication
ChatGPT’s summarising and analysing skills have made their way into Slack. A ChatGPT plugin for Slack is available, and soon, Slack GPT will have natively embedded summarisation and text generation within Slack’s existing features. This tool can also automatically transcribe Huddles into notes.
Imagine the convenience of having a tool that can summarise unread messages in a channel with the click of a button, or help you compose or refine a message. Slack GPT can do all this and more, making your communication more efficient and effective. Slack GPT will be released later this year.
GrammarlyGO: Beyond Grammar and Spell-Checking
Grammarly, a popular grammar app, is expanding beyond grammar and spell-checking with GrammarlyGO. This new tool can generate text, refine existing text for tone, and help you brainstorm ideas with simple prompts.
GrammarlyGO is like having a writing coach at your fingertips, helping you express your ideas clearly and effectively. Need to write an email? GrammarlyGO can help you draft it. Need to refine the tone of your text?
GrammarlyGO can assist you. GrammarlyGO is available now and free to use for up to 100 prompts per month.
Embrace the Future with Generative AI: The Next Step in Your Work Journey
As we move forward into 2023, generative AI tools are set to become an integral part of our work lives. They promise to streamline our tasks, enhance our productivity, and revolutionise the way we work.
But more than that, they offer us a chance to redefine our relationship with work. With these tools handling routine tasks, we can focus on the aspects of our work that truly matter—the creative, strategic, and human elements that make our work fulfilling and meaningful.
So, why wait? Embrace the future with generative AI. It’s not just about working smarter—it’s about working better, with more creativity, more focus, and more joy. Welcome to the future of work.