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Spark and Trouble are here yet again to deliver the hot scoop of AI news right into your inbox!

Here’s a sneak peek into this week’s edition 👀

  • Product Lab: Decoding Notion AI 💡

  • 10 mind-blowing Generative AI facts Everyone should know about 🤯

  • How to use Explainable AI Techniques for more Transparent AI Models ✒️

Time to jump in!😄

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Product Labs🔬: Decoding Notion AI

What is Spark and Trouble’s favourite product? The unanimous answer is Notion. Their entire workspace is on Notion.

You would’ve realized all of The Vision Debugged's freebies are on Notion…
Well, no, that’s not by accident! 😛

Notion, the popular all-in-one workspace for notes, tasks, and collaboration, just got smarter. Notion AI injects of course AI (the answer is in the name) to enhance your writing, brainstorming, and information retrieval within the platform.

Product Labs: Decoding the AI Matrix - Notion AI (source: Created by authors)
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What’s in it for you?

Notion has been a long-standing versatile productivity tool that combines note-taking, task management, and collaboration features, allowing users to create and organize documents, databases, wikis, and more within a single platform.

Notion AI is a built-in set of artificial intelligence features in Notion that helps you write better, brainstorm ideas, and find information faster.

Let’s start with the simple but super useful stuff before unveiling the total game-changer feature.

Notion AI provides a host of tools to help improve your writing or even provide you with a much-needed kickstart if you are facing writer’s block.

To trigger Notion AI, simply click “Ask AI” at the bottom of a new page or simply hit the “spacebar” at the beginning of any block.

Notice “Ask AI” at the bottom of the page

There are five sections of AI assistance features:

  • Generate from the page: Uses content already on the page

  • Edit or Review in the page: Improves the content on the page

  • Draft with AI: Pre-built templates to jumpstart your writing

  • Insert custom AI block: Your personal AI writing assistant for any prompt

  • Recents: List of your most recent prompts

Diving deep into our experience with each section

Generate from the page

This feature allows you to use what you have already written on a page and create new content. You can Summarize, Translate, Explain this or even Generate Action Items.

Summarized an essay on morning workouts; yes Trouble is lifting weights these days

Translated to Español; Spanish experts in the house send us a shout-out on the accuracy

Explain this to understand what is “metabolism”; a nice crisp simple description

Edit or Review in the page

This is your perfect writing assistant. You wrote your thoughts, and need some AI flare to improve them…

You can ask Notion to Improve your writing and check Spelling/Grammar. If you have let your pen get away, writing a long piece and need to Make it short (or on the other side, Make it long), Notion AI is there at your service. You can also conveniently Change the Tone or just Simplify the Language.

Changed the Tone to Friendly for the conclusion; waking up in the morning is not friendly thought the essay could be

We wanted to understand Metabolism a little better, so asked Notion AI to Make Longer

Improve Writing; don’t even the best of us need this at times

Draft with AI

Notion provides a good list of most possible options for text content, to help you jumpstart your thinking. There is a range of options - from blog posts & press releases to meeting agendas or even brainstorming ideas.

For some lazy day, experimented with using Notion to create a launch for the next edition

Used Notion to brainstorm ideas continuing on our health kick

Insert custom AI block

Want to spread your creative kicks beyond, the template options? Use the AI Block to write any prompt of your choice.

Got some motivation to wake up in the morning using Notion’s AI Block

Though Notion is a productivity tool and does a lot beyond just a regular text editor, one of the main functions remains writing. Notion AI has clearly identified each step in the user journey to help a user write great content of any form. This is an excellent personification of the Jobs to be Done Framework.

The Jobs to be Done Framework is a concept in product development and marketing that focuses on understanding the specific tasks that consumers are trying to accomplish. The idea is that by understanding these 'jobs', businesses can create products and services that better meet the needs of their users.

If you still remember, we had said there is a totally game-changing feature we’ll talk about as well…

Drumrolls for Notion’s Q&A! 🥁🥁🥁

Notion's Q&A is like a supercharged search for your Notion workspace. Imagine a helpful AI assistant that reads everything in your notes, projects, and wikis. Ask it any question, and it will instantly find the answer, summarize relevant pages, or even explain complex concepts you've documented in Notion.

The button runs into discoverability issues and the function is not intuitive

Activating Notion Q&A opens a small introductory message with the search box

Yes, we study too. Asked about two distinct topics, Notion AI successfully sifted through the workspace and gave accurate answer with references

Whether it's brainstorming content, overcoming blank-page syndrome, or simply finding the perfect turn of phrase, Notion AI injects a spark of innovation into a workflow.

For Spark and Trouble, who constantly need to keep on top of each edition of “The Vision Debugged” and manage the complete workspace, Notion AI is almost like the third person on our team; it's our creative personal assistant that pushes us to think differently and provides a supercharge space to organize our work!

You Asked 🙋‍♀️, We Answered ✔️

Question: AI models are often black boxes, for most users; this risk is especially magnified in sensitive domains like healthcare using models like Med-Gemini. How can this gap be bridged and improve transparency for all?

Answer: Great question and quite pressing given the unprecedented growth of AI applications in our lives. To bridge this gap, we can leverage Explainable AI (XAI) techniques.

For instance, SHAP (SHapley Additive exPlanations) can highlight the data points that most influenced Med-Gemini's decision. Additionally, visualizations like feature importance graphs can show how different patient characteristics contribute to the outcome. Interactive interfaces would allow users to explore how changes in data like age or medication history affect the model's prediction. Furthermore, educating patients and healthcare providers is essential. Patients should have the "right to explanation" for AI-driven decisions.

Well, that’s a wrap!
Thanks for reading 😊

See you next week with more mind-blowing tech insights 💻

Until then,
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