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Using Generative Artificial Intelligence for Research

Selected Generative AI Tools

If you're permitted to use Artificial Intelligence for research assignments, consider which tool is right for you:

•  ChatGPT
An updated version of OpenAI which interacts in a conversational way. The dialogue format makes it possible for ChatGPT to answer follow-up questions, admit mistakes, challenge incorrect premises, and reject inappropriate requests. ChatGPT is a sibling model to InstructGPT which is trained to follow an instruction and provide a detailed response.

•  CopyAI
A platform aimed at copywriting; further, it has the most diverse preset text types including 'Essay Outline' and 'Essay Introduction'. It is now available for free (with sign up) and is monetizing with a pro account.

•  Inferkit
A basic text generator that includes slider options like “temperature” that control the ‘randomness’ of GPT-3.

•  OpenAI Playground
A basic text generator with access to several versions of previous iterations of GPT-3.

•  Speedwrite
A summarizing platform targeted at students, this site summarizes, spins (paraphrases) and creates text based on inputs of 100 words or more, and includes a Wikipedia plug-in (Morrison, 2022).

•  Writefull
Targeting post-graduate academics, this site has several functions to explore, including creating abstracts for publishing in academic research journals.

Text-to-image generators are trained on billions of existing images and art works, each with a tagged caption and keywords. These platforms can generate new images based on the visual patterns and textual associations learned from the dataset. Once a user enters a text prompt, an AI image generator produces an image within seconds. It "responds" to natural language exchanges with a user and can refine an image generated based on subsequent prompts by a user. It can create different variations of an artwork.  

AI image generators can be used for different purposes - from assisting one's own artwork to stealing the style of another artist. These tools can both inspire and hinder creativity and originality depending on the skills and purpose of a user. They are also controversial because of a concern that some companies will use AI to generate cheap and fast designs instead of paying artists for their work. 

•  Adobe Firefly
Sheridan has a subscription to Firefly, which you can use to generate images with less copyright concerns. Firefly is trained on Adobe Stock images as well as openly licensed and public domain content. Sign in with your Sheridan email address and Single-Sign-On login to access the licensed content.

•  Bing Image Creator
A free AI image generator powered by OpenAI's latest DALL-E technology. If you have a Microsoft account and access to Bing Chat, you can also access the image creator from there.

•  DALL-E 2
OpenAI is the company behind both DALL-E 2 and ChatGPT. DALL-E 2 is also available as an API, which allows its integration with a different application.

•  Midjourney
Midjourney is a popular AI image generators. The tool can be accessed via Discord, which is a free online text and voice chat service.

•  Stable Diffusion
Built on open source code, Stable Diffusion can be downloaded to use on a computer while both DALL-E and Midjourney are cloud based. Stable Diffusion can also produce higher resolution images than the other two platforms.