Magic Email

Magic Email

It’s not like email has been a perfect solution ever, to start with. In fact, email has been broken for most of its existence. Imagine all the rules and filters you need to stay on top of your inbox. When Internet became popular, soon spam became popular.

Email lists were usable only before eternal September began. Just the other day somebody at my employer responded to an email list that has thousands of subscribers. And so did everybody else.

Not to mention those emails that come with a good intention and make it past all filters into your inbox. Those typically span many pages and make you feel guilty for not reading because you’re busy.

Admit it, email is broken.

With the advent of new technology, there are new solutions. Magic Email, as announced by Producthunt in it’s weekly newsletter, is something that I’m totally not sure whether it’s an improvement or total troll. Built on GPT-3, that created some bus on the Internet recently, Magic Email allows you to do two things:

a) It will summarize long emails for you. That actually seems to be a good idea for those emails you just couldn’t get around to reading full detail. At least it will tell you whether it’s worth it to invest more time and go into the details buried in long prose.

b) The much more interesting feature it is, that magic email can write text for you. You just give it a bunch of keywords a simple statement and it will extend to a long email. This is exactly that part that makes me wonder whether the product is meant as a troll. Imagine all those guys responding to an email list. Instead of replying “please unsubscribe me”, GPT-3 will write an exhaustive email basically saying the same. The same level of detail will pull much more of your time. Unless you have Magic Email installed yourself of course.

Nevertheless, the product is amazing.

Magic Email is your AI-powered email assistant that summarizes your emails and generates professional emails from brief one-line descriptions. Get through all of your emails 5x faster so you can free up more time for your important work.

From Producthunt

Source: Magic Email – Summarize and generate emails using GPT-3 in one click | Product Hunt

AI didn’t get smarter.

AI didn't get smarter.
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AI didn’t get smarter: GPT-3 has gained a lot of online attention in the past couple of weeks. GPT-3 is short for Generative Pretrained¬†Transformer 3, that – in short – produces text. It is a commercial offering from OpenAI, a company to drive forward peacefully usage of artificial intelligence. Among others, Elon Musk is one of the founders. However, the company and it’s founder parted ways, citing “a potential future conflict (of interest)“.

Liam Porr, an AI developer, published an article in which he describes how he ran a successful blog with that GPT-3 technology. Key takeaway:

I would write the title and introduction, add a photo, and let GPT-3 do the rest. The blog has had over 26 thousand visitors, and we now have about 60 loyal subscribers…
And only ONE PERSON has noticed it was written by GPT-3. 

from the blog.

The first post even made it to #1 on HackerNews. The article reads pretty natural, but fails to make a solid argument. Content-wise, I’d take this as indication that not AI got smarter, but humans got dumber. The particular article from above could’ve been written by a random hipster working in content marketing.

The GPT-3 Blog article.