10 Free Generative AI Tools That Are Great for Beginners

KEY TAKEAWAYS

The generative AI revolution is opening up exciting possibilities for individuals and businesses. While many are eager to experiment with large language models (LLMs), it's essential to choose the right tool for your needs. ChatGPT, Bing Chat, and Bard, among others, are user-friendly options worth exploring.

A generative AI revolution is underway. As pioneers and developers continue to get their heads around how it works, more and more people are eager to experiment with large language models (LLMs) to see what they can do but aren’t sure where to start.

According to PA Consulting, 85% of U.S. consumers are very interested in AI, but nearly 82% are apprehensive about it, while 65% reported they were outright confused.

The truth is, you don’t need to be an AI researcher or expert prompt engineer to benefit from generative AI chatbots. Tools like ChatGPT, Bing, Bard, Jasper, Copy.ai, Quillbot, and Dall-E 2 are all LLM-powered tools that are easy for new users to experiment with.

Top 10 Generative AI Tools You Need to Know

1. ChatGPT

ChatGPT is the most well-known AI chatbot on the market and is extremely easy to use. Simply enter a written query or prompt and press enter, and the solution will use natural language processing (NLP) to scan your input and generate a written response.

This tool is a general-purpose AI assistant, meaning the user can ask questions as part of a back-and-forth conversation or use it to create written content such as articles, emails, lists, poems, songs, code, and stories.

Upon its release in November 2022, ChatGPT’s training data only went up to 2021, but as of September 27th, 2023, users can query information through the tool via the Bing search engine.

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It’s worth noting that ChatGPT tends to hallucinate or make up facts, so it’s essential to fact-check any information it gives you.

2. Bing Chat

Bing Chat is Microsoft’s search-engine chatbot based on the GPT-4 LLM, available via a sidebar in the Edge web browser. With Bing Chat, you can enter search queries with text or images or conduct a voice search, and Bing will respond with a written response or image, depending on your query.

One of the main selling points of Bing Chat is its capabilities as a search tool. It uses training data connected to the Internet, which means you can ask it questions about current events and news like a search engine.

When responding, it also includes a list of sources and relevant links so that you can conduct further research into a given topic. The chatbot can also create AI-generated images upon request.

3. Bard

Google Bard is Google’s conversational chatbot and AI assistant, built on the PaLM2 LLM. The user interface is simple and easy to use; just enter a query via text or voice, and Bard can respond with text, images, and videos based on content taken from Google Search.

Bard will respond to each prompt with three drafted responses, which you can change between to get the most comprehensive response for your needs. It’s also connected to the Internet, meaning you can use it to summarize other online content and current events.

The chatbot’s integration with Adobe Firefly also means it can be used to create AI-generated images.

4. Jasper

Jasper is an AI-driven copywriting assistant that uses a proprietary AI model alongside third-party models like GPT-3 to help users create brand-conscious content.

This chatbot is designed to generate text replicating a brand’s tone of voice to create content for marketing collateral such as web pages, emails, adverts, sales listings, and blogs.

You can create new documents or scratch or use existing templates by entering a written command, which the assistant will respond to with text output. You can craft the output response by entering a content description or brief and providing details on your tone of voice and what keywords you want to use.

The key difference between Jasper and other tools, like ChatGPT and Bard, is that it focuses on producing marketing content rather than conversational text output.

5. DALL-E 2

DALL-E 2 is an AI tool released by Open AI in 2021, which uses GPT-3 and deep learning to convert text prompts into images. Simply create an account on the OpenAI website, enter a prompt into the search bar, and DALL-E 2 will proceed to generate an image.

If the design isn’t quite right, you can choose other variations. Once you find the right design, you can share and save it.

The image output quality will largely depend on the depth of your initial prompt, so it’s worth trying to give as much detail as possible for DALL-E 2 to process.

DALL-E 2 is a popular image generation tool because it is easier to use than more complex ones like Midjourney.

6. Quillbot

Quillbot is an AI assistant that uses natural language processing to paraphrase a piece of text. Essentially, the user enters a piece of text into a prompt box located on the Quillbot AI website, and then the chatbot will check the content for grammar and suggest ways to improve it.

Users can choose between paraphrasing text, summarizing written content, checking grammar, and generating citations based on their needs.

Quillbot is helpful for those who want to produce and proofread personal and commercial content that’s fluid and easy to read.

7. Reclaim

Reclaim is an AI scheduling app that can identify the best time for meetings, tasks, or breaks. Users can connect to Google Calendar and automatically schedule meetings while blocking time for rest and even travel if necessary.

Users can also integrate to-do lists created with third-party tools, including ClickUp, Todoist, Asana, Jira, Linear, and Google Tasks. Users can also create and add tasks to the calendar directly via Slack messages.

This app is a good fit for users and teams that want to optimize their calendar availability with automated scheduling while ensuring that their work-life balance is preserved with regular break periods.

8. Ada

Ada is an AI-powered medical assistant that acts as a symptom checker. This AI assistant has been trained on clinical evidence to help users track their symptoms. For example, users can grade the severity of their symptoms and view medical guidance on the treatment options available.

The solution includes a condition library, which provides a central repository of health conditions that users can refer to for further information.

So far, the app has shown some promising results. For instance, one peer-reviewed study found that Ada was significantly more accurate in recognizing inflammatory rheumatic diseases (IRD) than physicians, scoring 70% compared to 54%, and was even more accurate than physicians in suggesting the final diagnosis.

That being said, it’s important to highlight that assistance from generative AI apps is no substitute for support from a trained and licensed medical professional. As such, these tools are best used alongside guidance from a qualified physician.

9. Fireflies

Fireflies is an automated note-taking app that can automatically transcribe and summarize virtual meetings in over 69 languages. Simply invite Fireflies.ai Notetaker to meetings on your calendar, and you can start creating transcriptions of meetings on platforms including Microsoft Teams, Zoom, Google Meets, and Webex.

Once you’ve created a recording, you can use an AI-powered search to filter for keywords and talking points. Users can also add comments, pins, and reactions to transcriptions and share them with other users via third-party apps like Slack, Notion, and Asana.

10. Clara

Clara is an AI virtual assistant that you can use to schedule meetings. Clara can be given a custom email signature and job title and can be used by adding the chatbot to an email via the cc option.

Once added to the conversation, the chatbot will schedule a meeting with your contact in natural language on your behalf. This includes automated follow-up emails.

After organizing the meeting, Clara can send you an invite with the event details. This helps to save a lot of back and forth when arranging the meeting with other recipients.

In addition, you can also issue commands to Clara to help manage meetings. For instance, you can tell Clara to automatically send a reminder to all participants 24 hours before scheduled meetings or enter codewords to notify them when a meeting is urgent.

The Bottom Line

Experimenting with these tools will help to inspire you to find new ways to use AI to enhance your professional workflows. Ultimately, the results you get will depend on the level of detail you enter into that first prompt.

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Tim Keary

Tim Keary is a freelance technology writer and reporter covering AI, cybersecurity, and enterprise technology. Before joining Techopedia full-time in 2023, his work appeared on VentureBeat, Forbes Advisor, and other notable technology platforms, where he covered the latest trends and innovations in technology. He holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of Kent, where he learned of the value of breaking complex topics down into simple concepts. Outside of writing and conducting interviews, Tim produces music and trains in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).