The objective of artificial intelligence is to change the world. Literally. And if there’s something crucial in our society, it’s information, access to information. That’s where AI wants to intervene now.
AI assistants are emerging as the next big thing in web browsers since the invention of tabs. Both large and small companies are seeking ways to introduce chatbots into their businesses, but they also aim to go beyond that.
In the near future, your browser could be capable of automatically changing the appearance and functionality of a webpage, and even rewriting the page’s content to adapt to your specific needs.
One of the most ambitious implementations seen so far, as explained in The Verge, comes from a company called SigmaOS, which presents itself as a browser for the ultra-productive set.
SigmaOS is a revolutionary navigator
It has a plethora of organizational tools and some truly extravagant ideas about keyboard shortcuts and tab management, and now it is launching a new AI assistant called Airis that works throughout the browser.
What Airis essentially does is allow you to ask questions about a web page. You can highlight a name or a phrase, right-click, and select “ask Airis” to search for what you have selected. It then tries to explain that name, concept, phrase, or whatever it may be in the context of the page you are viewing.
If you were to ask ChatGPT, for example, about who Nikola Jokić is, you would get a general overview of the Serbian NBA superstar. But when you ask Airis about Nikola Jokić, it truly explains who he is and what he does.
There are many ways to summarize a web page using AI, but this one does it in the exact context you are looking for.
Since the browser knows the page you are viewing, it can deduce a tremendous amount of information from a simple question.
The way the creators describe Airis’ technology is straightforward and intelligent: it quickly ingests and understands the important parts of a web page, matches that information with your question to form a comprehensive message, sends that message to the OpenAI GPT-4 language model, and then returns the responses.
The user doesn’t have to do any engineering work because the question and the web page contain more than enough information.
But he is not the only one working on this
Indeed, SigmaOS is by no means the only company seeking ways to incorporate artificial intelligence into web browsing. Microsoft is adding a Bing sidebar to its Edge browser, putting both search and chatbots just a click away. They are also deploying tools that allow you to summarize or rewrite web pages.
Opera recently launched its own rewriting and summarizing tools, along with a dedicated sidebar to access ChatGPT and other bots.
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