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December 05, 2023

4 Areas You May Not Have Incorporated AI Yet (But Need To)

Unless you’ve been living under a signal-jamming rock that blocks out WiFi (News - Alert) and 5G, you’re using AI in your daily life. You almost certainly have a talking home or phone assistant that misunderstands your questions about the weather. Your music playlists might be AI-generated, as well as the movie recommendations and ads you see.

Whether in business or in personal life, AI can do a whole lot to simplify decisions and make your day easier. Here are just some of the zillions of potential use cases for AI that you could be incorporating into your lifestyle now. Many of them are free or affordable, or well worth the cost of adopting in your home or your business.

1. Content Strategy

Whether you’re a business owner or a burgeoning blogger, an AI-powered content strategy could help you build your brand. It can do anything from analyzing competitive content to optimizing for search to developing a dedicated content plan. AI can make smart, data-driven decisions about what types of posts will move you or your business toward your goals. You can use it to promote your personal training business or propel your SaaS (News - Alert) startup into the public eye.

AI can also pen drafts, outlines, and prompts to give you or your staff inspiration for all kinds of writing. And it can help detect grammatical errors, wordiness, problems with clarity, or other writing issues. A word of caution though: AI is still pretty terrible at the kind of writing humans really want to read. Use it to guide your process, not as a replacement for the real work of crafting thoughtful, creative pieces.

2. Outfit Inspiration

You probably know you can use virtual try-on apps to test out outfit options from some of your favorite online stores. And you’re probably already getting AI-based product recommendations in your email from some of the brands you shop at. What you might not know is that you can also use AI to put together the right combinations of clothing. There are hundreds of free and paid apps on the market that can act as your personal pocket stylists.

Some are simple chat interfaces where you ask a bot which color shirt goes with which pattern pants. More sophisticated options let you catalog what’s in your closet and figure out how to put it together. Some online apparel retailers are also testing out conversational AI to help you find new pieces you want. These bots will ask you a series of questions about clothing you’re looking for and then send you options that fit all your criteria.

3. Task Management

AI can be a real lifesaver for people with ADHD and others who struggle with executive dysfunction or organizational skills. Technology has come a long way from simple calendar reminder alarms and pomodoro timers to help you stay focused. Now, many specific apps are available for your phone and computer to get real control over what you need to get done.

The best AI tools can help you prioritize tasks and fend off crippling decision paralysis of scheduling your day. They do this by breaking up bigger tasks into individual pieces, and helping you decide on the best order. Simple, free apps like Goblin Tools can divide your day into manageable, bite-sized to-do chunks. More advanced solutions like Numo ADHD add gamification and social features.

4. Travel Planning

If you’re the sort of person who gets stressed out by vacation planning, there’s an AI solution for that too. AI can help you decide where to go and the best time to travel based on price, weather, and more. You can use it to generate and book complete trip itineraries, based on your interests and preferences. It can even help you find the most affordable flight, train, bus, or rental car to get there and get around.

Tools like Trip Planner can incorporate insights from social media, plan more efficient routes, and recommend restaurants. They can also sync with your calendar, test different trip budgets, and create detailed maps. It’s important to note, however, that trip planning AI can sometimes generate unreliable data. Always fact-check information you get from a bot to make sure it’s accurate and up-to-date.

Bots, Bots, and More Bots

Those listed above are just some of the many, many ways you can incorporate AI into your work routine and your daily life. New possibilities are introduced every day, and a quick Google (News - Alert) search reveals hundreds of new uses cases for AI. Within each category, you’ll find dozens or hundreds of apps ranging in usefulness, usability, and complexity.

Other possible uses for AI you may not know about include personalized health coaching, exercise, and cooking recommendations. Emotional and behavioral support and AI therapy options are numerous and are poised to be another major area of growth. Personalized learning, where chatbots teach you new skills, build lesson plans, and help you learn languages is already huge. And there are all kinds of finance and budgeting AI tools that can sync with your bank accounts and understand your spending.

In the coming years, you may also see huge updates to the AI bots and devices you already know and love. Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant might get smarter and smarter — well, maybe not Siri. Or they’ll all be replaced by better, faster, more intelligent and efficient bots that can learn as they go. Major search engines and other websites will incorporate more and more uses of AI. Within a few years, you might not be able to do much of anything without unwittingly interacting with a friendly robot.

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