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9 playful little ways to explore AI
I’ve been exploring new AI applications that can compose music, make short videos, or redesign a room. Read on for summaries of free AI experiments that will take you just a minute or two to try.
Create a personalized children’s story 🧒 | Schrodi
Collaborate with AI on a free customized, illustrated story for someone special. Give your story’s hero a name, pick a genre (e.g. comedy, thriller), choose an illustration style (e.g. watercolor, 3d animation) and provide a prompt to shape a simple story. You can even suggest a moral. After a minute, download a full-color PDF to share. Or print it and read your new mini picture book aloud. 📖
Generate a quiz 🤔 | Piggy
Put in a link, a topic, or some text and you’ll get a quiz you can share, featuring multiple-choice or true-false questions. Example: try this quick entrepreneurship quiz Piggy generated for me.
Make a short video 🎥 | Wochit Video Creation Wizard
Make a 30-second video just by drafting a short prompt. You can then share a link to the video, download it, or refine your prompt and make another. Example: here’s a video I generated about how journalists can use AI.
Make music 🎶 | Google’s MusicLM
Type in a phrase to describe music you want to create. No musical lingo necessary. Just describe a feeling or sound. Here’s a short piece I generated that ended up sounding like a beginner’s video game soundtrack.
Alternative option: Meta’s new music generator lets you upload a music track and reshape it with AI based on your own prompt. Or just describe some music you’d like to hear. Example: below is a 15-second snippet of Ravel’s Bolero reshaped into a cheerful country song with acoustic guitars.
See if you can tell a human from a bot 🤖 | Human or Not
Chat with a stranger for two minutes, then guess if it was a human or a bot. 32% of people haven’t been able to distinguish between an AI and a human, AI21 labs reports, after analyzing the first two million attempts.
Get summaries of NPR stories 📻 | GistIt
If you like NPR coverage but don’t have time to listen to or read full stories, GistIt provides summaries so you can catch up efficiently.
Dream up a new room design 🏡 | Fotor AI Interior Design
Upload an image of a room in your home — or a room you love —and see what the room might look reimagined by an artist. Or type in text describing the look and feel of a room you’d love and see what the AI designs.
Another option: RoomAI lets you pick a style — e.g. minimalist or art deco, then upload a room photo. You’ll then see a photo showing your redesigned room.
Summarize anything via email 📧 | Shortwave
Forward an article link or a long email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you’ll get back a short summary. No sign-up, no cost, no wait. Use your existing email. Alternatively, forward an email with meeting info to email@example.com and get back a calendar invite. In addition to these tools, Shortwave has an up-and-coming new email service that’s like an AI-boosted version of Gmail.
See how you’ll look in 20 years 🧓 | Extrapolate
Upload a headshot and get a preview a minute later of what you’ll look like after a decade or two of aging. It’s free to use and your photo gets deleted after 24 hours. Warning: you might be freaked out by seeing your older self.
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