Soon Grammarly will no longer just recommend ways to improve your writing, it will do the writing for you.
The writing assistant Grammarly already uses AI in several ways to make it act as a smart tool. Not only can it pick up on common grammar and spelling mistakes, but it can recommend ways to better structure your sentences, and can even tell you the tone you’re writing (using adjectives like Formal, Confident, Accusatory, and Egocentric).
In April, Grammarly goes one step further with the introduction of GrammarlyGo.
Built on OpenAI’s GPT-3 major language models (OpenAI is the team behind ChatGPT), GrammarlyGo can perform a whole host of different functions. If you have a document that has already been written, GrammarlyGo can edit it to display a different tone or change the length to make your writing clearer or more concise. Alternatively, if you’re experiencing a writing block, the ideation tools will supposedly help unlock your creativity by creating brainstorms and sketches based on the clues you provide.
The announcement of the press release (opens in new tab) says it doesn’t stick to the contours either. GrammarlyGo can compile entire documents for you and can even generate replies to emails based on the context of the conversation.
We haven’t had a chance to try GrammarlyGo ourselves yet, but we expect it to perform as well as other ChatGPT alternatives we’ve tested. Specifically, we imagine it will show promise, but the compositions will almost certainly need human proofreading and tweaking – especially while it’s still in beta. Even when given prompts to work with, we’ve found that AI writing bots can struggle to generate content that sounds authoritative. Sure, they can produce 400 words on VR headsets, for example, but the writing is often full of chaff and sprinkled with buzzwords rather than feeling like it’s written by someone who understands the subject.
The beta version of GrammarlyGo will launch in April (we don’t have an exact date yet) and will be available to all Grammarly Premium, Grammarly Business, and Grammarly for Education subscribers. It will also be accessible to people using the free version of Grammarly in the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
It’s not just writing that helps OpenAI’s technology improve. Spotify has launched an AI DJ that can talk to you while you mix your favorite songs, and Microsoft has incorporated ChatGPT into its search engine to create the impressive Bing Chat tool.