Notion Announces Addition of AI Writing Tools

Last updated on November 21st, 2022

Today Notion announced that they’ve begun integrating AI text generation features into their very popular note-taking and productivity software. This functionality, still in private alpha currently, brings the power of artificial intelligence directly into your Notion workspace.

What AI Features Does Notion AI Include?

Blog Post

A common task is writing a blog post, so out of the gate one of the first templates available is “Blog Post”. You could use this to help you write your first draft on a topic, and get ideas that you can use to shape into a great final product.

In the demo video, the AI generates quite a lot of text, which seems to hint at long-form text generation being available.

Brainstorm Ideas

Notion is now also able to help you brainstorm whenever you get stuck. Handy to discover related ideas and information that could spark a new direction or add additional context to your writing. This can help jumpstart your creativity and get the ball rolling on a new project.

Fix Spelling & Grammar

This might seem less exciting, but is something AI language models are adept at handling. Grammar correction even is referenced in the OpenAI GPT-3 API examples, and something I find useful in my writing, so I’m glad to see it included here.

Translate

In our article about using AI for SEO we called out how good AI is at translation, so being able to translate text in real time directly as you are working in Notion is a great addition.

This initial set of languages available are: English, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Russian, French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Dutch, Indonesian, and Vietnamese.

Help Me Write

Lastly, we have “Help me write”, which appears to allow you to use open, free-form prompts to directly work with the AI model instead of wrapping access in a canned template structure. I think this will prove to be a powerful and differentiating feature for AI power users that will set Notion’s integration apart.

Pros & Cons List

Not mentioned, but shown in the video is a template to create a Pros and Cons List. Not one I’ve seen often in AI writing assistants, but could be a simple and effective tool that can be used to make quick decisions.

Summarize

Also not mentioned in the video, but hinted at in the announcement is the ability to summarize. Handy to get the main idea of a text quickly, or to extract the main points of a document as intro or teaser copy. It can also pull out the most important bits from random notes from meetings or lectures so you don’t have to sort through or reread a bunch of information.

Notion AI Availability

Notion AI is currently in private alpha and available only via the waitlist, which you can sign up for here:

I signed up and am #45066, so there is clearly some interest! No information yet about any price increases or if this is will be a separately priced add-on, but let’s hope it’s included as part of their current plans.

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