As we all know, AI has taken the world by storm. By now, you likely have tried many different AI tools, but new ones keep becoming available.
It has been a goal of mine to stay as current as possible on AI tools because I want to have knowledge of what others are using and to understand how AI may shape life and work. Due to this, I have a list of new AI tools I plan to explore more in 2024, and I want to share with you. I hope this will help you discover new AI tools as well.
Duet AI: Duet AI is built into Google Workspace. I was recently approved for a trial and plan to explore it.
Copilot (formerly Bing Chat): I use Google for most of my web searching, but I have heard a lot of good things about Copilot and want to try it.
ChatPDF: As a librarian, I want to understand how this tool could affect how others read and understand research. This tool allows someone to upload a PDF and then the AI is prepared to answer questions about the PDF.
Magic Write: This tool from Canva is a tool I want to try because I already use Canva. I fully admit that creativity is an area of weakness, and I am curious how AI might be able to spark new ideas.
I am excited to try the four tools above. I am also cautious about some things and increasingly aware of issues with AI. For example, I have read a lot about issues with FERPA (Family and Educational Rights Privacy Act) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and know I need to be talking about how AI can violated FERPA and HIPAA. It is one of my goals in 2024 to discuss privacy laws and where AI may violate them.
Dr. Lauren Hays is an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of Central Missouri, and a frequent presenter and interviewer on topics related to libraries and librarianship. Please read Lauren’s other posts relevant to special librarians. Take a look at Lucidea’s powerful integrated library systems, SydneyEnterprise, and GeniePlus, used daily by innovative special librarians in libraries of all types, sizes and budgets.
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