Israeli start-up develops AI that co-writes essays and cites sources

by | Jan 24, 2023 | Innovation | 0 comments

AI21 Labs, an Israeli artificial intelligence (AI) start-up, is developing and preparing to launch what could be a game-changer in academia and education. It aims to do what its competitor, ChatGPT, is not capable of doing: enable AI to write articles with proper source citation.

This feature is a part of the company’s new Wordtune Spices program, which is noticeably distinct from ChatGPT.

ChatGPT has already taken the world by storm for its clarity and processing speed, causing people to be concerned that it might just create written work such as essays and emails. It was unveiled late last year to much fanfare and has displayed an incredible ability to imitate human writing. However, the capacity of software to cite things can take this to an all new level. And this is where Israeli AI comes into play.

ChatGPT’s greatest strength is its ability to answer rapidly and coherently when prompted. However, it is not always accurate, and more crucially, it typically does not disclose sources. And even if it does, some have suggested that these sources may not exist.

This is one of the reasons why many schools and businesses have tried to prohibit the use of ChatGPT.

Wordtune Spices, on the other hand, is different. What it does is improve already written work and gives options to add to the text, essentially acting as a co-writer. But, more importantly, it always includes references for quoted resources.

Its founders admit that it is not perfect yet, but that’s to be expected with such a new program. AI21 Labs, on the other hand, is determined to keep pushing it forward, refining it, and fixing the errors.

The company’s co-CEO and co-founder, Ori Goshen, said, “Our mission at AI21 Labs is to change the way people read and write using AI while focusing on empowering – not removing or replacing – the writer. Wordtune Spices is a toolbox that melds the best that both man and machine can offer, working alongside writers as a source of inspiration for better, more efficient, and more compelling writing, while ensuring that the writers themselves have the space and freedom to best express their thoughts, insights, and information. The future of writing starts today, and we are excited to share it with you.”


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