Can the Notion AI writing helper write this article?

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Producer of Powerful productivity tool Notion just sent me an email saying I’m eligible for its most advanced Notion AI writing helper.

So, for the sake of science (and maybe for the sake of something wonderfully mocking), I’m asking Notion AI to help me write this paper.

To interact with the AI, all you need to do is select a line of text and click the AI ​​Assistant button.

In this test article, my words are in bold and normal text. AI words are italicized. With that, let’s get started.

Screenshot of Notion AI being used

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Summarize this article.

This article explores the capabilities of Notion AI, a new artificial intelligence (AI) engine that can be used to write articles. It tests Notion AI features, such as natural language understanding and content creation, and puts it to the test using it to write articles. The article provides an early look at Notion AI and its potential to revolutionize the way we write.

Description of AI Concepts.

Notion AI is a technology that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to help people understand and interact with text. It can help people understand complex topics and ideas by breaking them down into simpler language. It can also help people interact with text by providing relevant information and suggesting possible actions.

Can Notion AI write for me?

No, Notion AI cannot write for you. Notion AI is an artificial intelligence system that helps you understand and analyze text. It can provide insights and help you make sense of the text, but it cannot write for you.

Of course, this was written by Notion AI and, in the first answer above, it explicitly stated, “…can be used for writing articles.” We can debate whether those answers are internally consistent, but the idea is that this is a writer’s tool, not a substitute.

Let’s explore a technical topic with AI

Before the note gave me access to the Notion AI delivered to my inbox, I was about to write an article with a headline like, “buy hard drive in packaging that doesn’t disappoint is not a great idea.”

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The basic story of this is that I recently bought a hard drive to replace a faulty one in my computer. NAS. I didn’t pay attention to the subject line mentioning “non-offensive packaging”, which means I didn’t realize it was going to arrive almost completely unprotected, barely padded bubble film, with the smaller box inside bumping together a larger shipping box.

Open cardboard box with packaging

An example of suboptimal packaging and bubble wrap.

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Hard drives are commonly used in corporate storage arrays because they can store more data than SSD at a much lower price. Hard drives, unlike solid state drives, are spinning disks. If there is any misalignment to those disks, they can break inside the device, even if the outside looks fine. And even if they don’t break, they can still fail in ways that reduce the average time between failures. They are quite subtle. It’s important to always have a spare drive or two on hand in case one fails in the NAS — and you want to be sure that backup will work when it’s installed. So when you ship a hard drive, you need to protect it.

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While this is not an article about hard drive protection, I do ask the AI ​​to use that context in its response. Let’s see how Notion AI explains it. We’ll start by seeing if the AI ​​knows how Amazon’s packaging doesn’t disappoint.

Explains Amazon’s non-disappointing packaging.

Amazon’s no-fuss packaging is a way for customers to receive their products with less packaging and less hassle. It is designed to make it easier for customers to open the package and get the product inside. Packaging is also designed to be more environmentally friendly, using less materials and being easier to recycle.

At this level, it did the right thing. But as we’ll see, it doesn’t seem to think about this in future answers. So let’s give it the title I’ve considered for my post and see what it does with it.

‘Buying a hard drive in disappointing free packaging is not a great idea.’

The AI ​​gave a basic answer in four parts. Let’s break that down, because some things are close to being true.

While it may seem like a great idea to buy a hard drive in free packaging at first, it’s not necessarily the best option.” — This is absolutely right.

Not only is it more expensive than buying a hard drive with no packaging, but the packaging may not necessarily be as safe as traditional packaging.” — The AI ​​got this half right and half wrong. The AI ​​considers that packaging that doesn’t disappoint is an additional cost, while it usually costs less.

Additionally, non-obtrusive packaging sometimes involves removing the manufacturer’s packaging and replacing it with Amazon’s easy-to-open packaging. Non-obtrusive packaging eliminates some of the packaging costs involved in shipping a supplier’s product to Amazon and then to the customer. But the AI ​​got it right that packaging that doesn’t disappoint isn’t necessarily as safe as traditional packaging. Definitely not, especially as far as flimsy hard drives are concerned.

So it’s important to consider the cost and security of the item before making a purchase, as it may not be worth the extra money for free packaging.” — Here, the AI ​​also misinterpreted a bit. Honestly, it’s like an essay by a high school student who doesn’t read, and then tries to guess the answer. To be fair, again, targeted AI says it’s important to consider the cost and security of an item before making a purchase. But it does assume that unsatisfactory packaging costs extra.

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Also, packaging may not even be necessary for the item you’re buying, so it can be helpful to find out if it’s really worth it before you buy.” — Now, this last statement seems to suggest that the AI ​​is not familiar with the relatively fragile nature of hard disks, but as we will see in the following question, that is not really true. Instead, the AI ​​seems to be stuck on the “don’t disappoint” theme and doesn’t relate that to what’s in the package.

Of course, packaging is absolutely essential for hard drives. Again, the artificial intelligence missed the bottom line, confusing unsatisfactory packaging with an add-on of additional or cost-effective packaging.

Explore AI’s understanding of specific audience characteristics

We talked about the sophisticated nature of hard drives above. In this section, I want to see how well the AI ​​understands the characteristics of the object.

For example, dropping a hard drive is bad. But dropping a ball is fine — that’s what you have to do with a ball. The way AI solves this problem is interesting.

Will the hard drive work if you drop it?

Dropping the hard drive can cause it to stop working. If you drop the hard drive, chances are it won’t work properly anymore.

So, in its own right, the AI ​​knows that a hard drive is a perishable thing. Let’s see if it’s contextual or does it really understand the nature of hard drives (and why it’s important that they’re treated as fragile).

In contrast, I asked the same question about an object designed to be dropped, a ball.

Will a ball work if you drop it?

When you drop a ball, it will fall to the ground. This is due to gravity, which is the natural force that pulls objects toward the ground.

Well, yes… but the question is still unanswered.

Compare a ball with a hard drive.

A ball and a hard drive are two different things. A ball is a round object that can be used to play games or sports. A hard drive is a type of storage device used to store digital information. Both the ball and the hard drive are objects, but they have different uses and features.

Good. It is on the spot.

Will our AI lords kill us in our sleep?

No, the AI ​​lord will not kill us in our sleep. This phrase is an exaggeration used to describe the potential dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). It suggests that AI could become so powerful that it can control people and cause them harm.

I feel a lot better already. As for me, I don’t think I’ll use the tool that much, as I’m worried about the question of originality. I want my words to be my words, not something that AI can create for everyone. I am also concerned, as in some of the examples shown above, that the AI ​​might write “authoritative” but wrong.

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At least when I research a topic on my own, I have a good grasp of the issues and facts behind the topic. It’s easy to get lazy and just assume the AI ​​is right, when it could very well be wrong — or worse, deliberately faked it to create misinformation.

So what do you think? Will you use Notion AI for your projects or articles? Let us know in the comments below.

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