I would like to introduce Simpler.ai, a free app (until 6000 words/mn, then no monthly fees 0.001/word), but also ask for experiences on developing co-writing solutions.
The hypothesis for Simpler.ai is that controlling and directing article writing through prompting, either one-shot or multi-shot chat, will make the writer loose some of the control.
So, I have been working on a free app Simpler.ai for writers that has the goal to allow writers write manually, and bring AI to help where it matters. The main features currently are simple: continue text at the end, or in-between existing content with the start and end in mind.
The writer will write as normal, and then press the AI button to help continue. For example, I may start with table of contents, and ask AI to complete it. The writer may turn the ToC into titles, write some intro on each part and ask AI to complete. If writer does not like some word, he can just delete it and generate a few words in the middle.
There was a autocomplete feature called “hinting” to give hints on the potential next words, but that seemed more like a distraction.
I am now brainstorming more ideas on the micro-collaboration between AI and users. I would like to focus on micro-co-operation instead of the “delegation” approach where users ask AI to complete the tasks. Any pointers on cool ideas to try and implement? I am thinking something like voice chat where user could brainstorm ideas talking out loud, or showing buttons for users about ideas what the AI could do next and so on. Or maybe a chat assistant that will not simply reply, but instead will manipulate the main doc… etc.etc. but none of these ideas seem like very good ones yet.
One approach could be to think about the students: how could schools allow students to benefit and learn with AI instead of having AI write their essays. Co-writing essays maybe, not write-for-me…