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This week's biggest AI launch 🚀
Notion AI opened to the public yesterday to put a digital assistant inside your documents. The AI can offer writing or editing suggestions, summarize notes, or generate idea lists. Read on for how to make the most of Notion AI.
What is Notion AI?
Notion AI is like a robot that has read and analyzed the entire Internet. Its training enables it to make detailed suggestions based on millions of documents it has studied. It’s basically a prediction engine guessing what words will work best based on a prompt or text you’ve written. The capacity to draw instantly on billions of insights makes it a powerful digital assistant.
Is Notion AI similar to ChatGPT?
Yes, because both are powered by Open AI’s algorithms.
A difference: Notion AI is a built-in editing feature—not formatted as a chat.
A benefit: Whatever you generate lives inside an editable project page.
A limitation: Without the chat structure, it’s not as easy to make a series of revisions to previous prompts or to guide an iterative conversation.
What can Notion AI generate?
Writing: Blog or social media posts, essays, poems, or fictional stories
Work: Meeting agendas, job descriptions, report summaries
Outreach: Sales or recruiting emails, pro-and-con lists
Other: Explore Writing for Renegades for more ideas on co-writing with AI
Example: I created this page with Notion AI. I asked it to generate a lesson plan, to detail five aspects of AI-powered document tools and to generate a meeting agenda focused on how to use AI to cut down on mundane team tasks.
How can you use it for editing?
If you have text on a page, you can activate the AI and ask it to summarize text, explain it, translate it, or suggest edits. It can offer up a more concise version of what you’ve written, or an expanded one. Or it can rewrite text in a different tone, making it more professional, casual, confident or friendly.
📺 Watch my short video demo of Notion AI 👇
In this 3-minute video watch how the AI helps:
Draft a lesson plan on the history of journalism
Generate a list of ideas for blog posts about the dangers of relying on AI
Build on a template for creating a 5-day trip itinerary and a meal-prep plan
🧪 5 things to try with Notion AI
Here are some ideas for making the most of your 20 free AI requests:
Generate blog or LinkedIn ideas on a specific topic. Tip: Add specific details to your prompt to yield relevant & useful ideas.
Try one of 9 new AI-enhanced Notion templates. Write a sales email, plan a trip with your own criteria, or draft a meal plan based on your preferences.
Summarize a lengthy note or memo. Short summaries make it easier for your future self to reference past discussions & follow-up on key decisions.
Draft a video or podcast script. Notion works well for content planning. It’s easy to create early drafts with AI assistance.
How does it work?
Summon Notion AI by tapping the spacebar on any new line in the desktop, Web or mobile version of Notion. In the prompt box, type a quick prompt or a detailed instruction, such as:
“Draft a detailed lesson plan for a two-hour class session on the history of journalism, focusing on key developments in news gathering and the production, distribution and monetization of news. Include a mix of presentation material, discussion topics and activities. Include a brief case study and a section focused on international differences in news consumption and monetization.”
What do you get free? How much is unlimited acess?
It’s free to try. Notion’s AI features are free to use 20 times per member in your workspace. It’s then $10/month for unlimited usage or $8 if you’re already on a paid annual plan. That launch promotion apparently lasts until April 5, 2023. The pricing makes it more costly for now than other AI writing services.
How does free access compare across AI writing services?
Canva Docs Magic Write is free for 25 uses on its free plan.
Craft’s AI assistant just doubled its offering to 100 uses on its free plan.
Lex.page is free during the current beta phase.
🔍 Caveats and Observations
$10 a month for AI features means a big price increase for Notion when added on to the monthly fees for paid accounts, which range from $8 to $15 per month per user. There is still a free intro plan as well as a free offering for students and teachers.
Like other AI services, Notion AI sometimes provides information that seems factual but isn’t. This is a concept known as AI “hallucinating.”
I was initially excited about how templates for applying Notion AI could capitalize on Notion’s database and design features, but the templates I’ve tried so far have been underwhelming. I expect subsequent templates will open up new ways to use AI creatively within project pages.
🌊 Why is Notion so popular?
Since launching in 2013, Notion has grown into a $10+ billion company with $43 million in revenue from tens of millions of global users. Even without its AI features, Notion is a terrific tool for organizing notes and managing projects.
How to get started with Notion — Resources I posted for beginners
Why Notion is so useful — an early Wonder Tools post
Learn to use Notion AI in a brand new online course I’m launching soon. Sign up now for early-bird pricing.
Learn to use Notion’s new AI features
Designed for anyone new to Notion or new to Notion AI
Follow a simple learning path with short videos and explainers
Practice with simple sample docs and pre-made templates
Complete the course at your own pace, on your own schedule
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