We spend so much time writing emails. This could be reduced drastically.
A college student, Matt Schumer,20 has launched a Long Island artificial intelligence startup that writes emails automatically from fragmentary notes.
The software is undergoing beta-testing as a Chrome browser extension for Gmail users. Versions for Microsoft Corp.’s are also underway.
Shumar says the software can expand bullet points into a full email, which sounds like you wrote it yourself.
Underneath the hood, OthersideAI, Shumar’s company connects to a software engine created by San Francisco-based OpenAI, an artificial intelligence company co-founded by Tesla’s Elon Musk that received a $1 billion investment from Microsoft in 2019.
Vahid Behzadan, professor of computer and data science at the University of New Haven, said that Gmail and other email providers already offer to finish users’ sentences with autocomplete features.
When it came out, it was similar to a revolution in the AI community,” Behzadan said.”The level of accuracy in producing long, coherent natural-language text is very impressive.
That sophistication, however, raises concerns that such tools could be used for spamming or “fake news” propaganda, he said.
Shumar said that OthersideAI, which has attracted notice from investors, has four full-time employees and is hiring more.
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