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What's The Fuss About Generative AI?

You've probably heard of GPT-3, Stable Diffusion, ChatGPT and a ton of other AI output generation technologies. These "generative AIs", aka GenAI, are a subset of the broad technology subset called artificial intelligence.

The tools built using these technologies are disrupting the creator economy - making writing, drawing and making music totally automated.

GenAI is causing quite a storm because of its ability to radically cut down on the time and effort for producing content without (too much) sacrificing of the human ability to create.

It is being used to automate the tasks of knowledge workers, such as content writers, graphic designers, video producers, and programmers. From writing articles to expert research, from creating images to generating music, machine learning and AI based on very large data models are changing the way content is being created.

Because it has superhuman capabilities, generative AI improves productivity, is easier to scale, and can create a variety of content types (from writing to video to music).

Businesses and individual creators are leveraging generative AI tools to create content, save time, and increase efficiency. Generative AI is a promising step in the right direction and early adopters will have a significant edge over their competitors.

In this guide to the generative AI tools, I list the GenAI tools that I use to help me be more productive, leaving me with more time to put my mind to the creative side of whatever it is that I'm working on.

Here's The Thing: These AI tools are not meant to fully replace me or my creativity. They couldn't even if I wanted them to. But, what they do do, is the heavy lifting, the grunt work.

I hope you find this list a helpful guide to getting started with using generative AI in yoru content creation process.

Generative AI Writing Tools

AI tools to create written content

Writesonic: generate content for blogs, posts, tweets and promotions using AI

Writesonic is a cost-effective and comprehensive AI writing tool I use to generate promotion content.

Writesonic provides over 65 AI writing features to support creators with creating:

  • industry-specific content using a brand’s writing style and tone of voice
  • SEO-optimised content for better rankings and higher conversion rates.
  • long-form blogs and articles (1500+ words).
  • rephrasing or changing the tone of voice of existing content to give it a fresh look.
  • landing page copy and call to action prompts using an AI generator.
  • content in bulk through the bulk upload feature.
  • auto publish, post, and update generated content directly from Writesonic to 5000+ platforms with the Zapier integration.

Writesonic is a comprehensive AI writing tool with a massive range of features. There's a free plan for small volume users and the most flexible pricing plan based on the number and quality of the words generated that I've seen.

The summary introduction for this article was written using Writesonic with minor edits from me.

Moonbeam: the perfect AI for long-form writing

Moonbeam is specifically trained to write essays, articles, blogs, and other long form content.

If you want to write quality, long-form content, but struggle with structure, you can sidestep the slog with Moonbeam. This AI tool is a specialit tool for long form articles and will generate new ideas effortlessly and help organise your thoughts. Which means that you can write better and faster.

Moonbeam comes with a generous free plan, but for unlimited long-form writing, the Moonbeam Pro starts at $15/month and is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

Try it for free here... create AI powered video summaries

I use to write a summary of my own YouTube videos. is powered by GPT-3 and will summarise any long-form YouTube video. The output is a time stamped series of chapters, breaking down the long video into segments with a time stamped link to take the reader to the start of the section that's been summarised.

This saves me a ton of time in the YouTube video post-production process. After I've uploaded the video, I run it through Summarize.Tech and it produces the summary I need for the blogpost that runs alongside the video.

This ability to repurpose content across multiple formats and platforms is fundamental to any content strategy. I use Summarize.Tech to make more get through my work quicker than if I was to manually write a summary of the video.

Read this post for an example:

Future of Emerging Tech with Paul Armstrong
In this video interview with Rick Huckstep, digital strategist Paul Armstrong discusses the future of emerging technology, including virtual reality, blockchain, and artificial intelligence.
The first 5 summaries are free, then it costs $10/month for up to 500 videos a month.

Quillbot: when AI writing tools do the heavy lifting

I use Quillbot when I want to rephrase or repurpose existing content

Talking of repurposing content, there are many times when I want to summarise one of my long-form articles, or re-purpose it without confusing Google which is the original version. I use Quillbot to do this without having to go through the effort of doing it myself.

Quillbot’s summariser AI tool comes in a free and a paid version with a handy and easy to use Chrome browser extension. What I like about Quillbot is that it gives me multiple options to adjust how I want the summary to be rewritten (formal, expanded, short, easy to understand).

Generative AI Image Tools

AI tools to generate images

ProfilePicture.AI: create your perfect profile picture with AI

I use this AI to create profile pics that generate attention and engagement.

ProfilePicture.AI uses over 168 different styles to auto generate a profile pic. It works like this:

  • you load up 10 profile pics of different angles
  • the AI starts training on your pics (this can take up to 3 hours)
  • after paying a fee, Profile Picture creates 120 images from up to 14 different styles.
578,400 profile pictures already created for 3,645 happy customers!
rick huckstep ai generated images

Fliki: turn text into videos using AI voices

Create videos from scripts or blog posts using realistic voices in 2 minutes!

Transform Blog Articles Into Videos: Start by adding the blog article URL and Fliki will summarise your content, find perfect visuals and create a video with a human-like voiceover in your desired voice with branded subtitles.

People spend 88% more time on websites with videos

Lifelike Text to Speech Voices: The beauty of Fliki is that it does away with robotic sounding voices and creates human sounding voices. You can chose from 850 voices in 75 different languages to make sure there is a voice that suits everyone.

Watch AI turn text into video
Fliki offers a free plan and three pricing options from $4/month. 

Generative AI Music Creation Tools

AI tools to generate music

Mubert: music made by AI that has no boundaries

I use this AI tool to generate music for my podcasts and YouTubes

The abilities of artificial intelligence and the creativity of music producers make possible a symbiotic relationship between humans and algorithms. Millions of samples from hundreds of artists feed into Mubert, and the AI takes it from there.

Effortlessly create a soundtrack of the perfect length, mood and style. Mubert instantly generates tracks perfectly tailored to your content on any platform. Royalty-free background music for YouTube, Tik Tok, podcasts and video!

Select the parameters of your future soundtrack in a matter of seconds, and generate extraordinary music right away. Collaboration like no other, humans and technology unite to bring the perfect sound every time.

I use Mubert to create the music clips for my podcasts and YouTube videos, like this one...

Mubert new theme tune

You can see more great examples in the Mubert blog.

Fun and games with AI

AI tools to entertain, inform and amuse

QuickGecko - the AI powered quiz question generator

Tattoos.Ai - Create the perfect tattoo design with your personal AI-powered tattoo artist If you have an idea for a tattoo but can't find the right design

Jokelub - Turn your writing into a joke at the click of your hand. Make people smile.

Find The Prompt - an online game with a fresh challenge every day.

Reface - have fun with this deepfake app that lets you swop faces with celebs.

One of these is Brad Pitt...

The directory I use to keep up to date with the latest AI tools is It's a directory of AI tools that's updated daily (and is free.)
Disclaimer: Some of the products contained in this article are affiliate links, which means that I receive a credit or commission at no extra costs to you if you go on to buy them.

🎙️ Big Tech Little Tech

The podcast that take a not so-serious look at the seriousness of tech.

Big Tech Little Tech Episode #14

🎙️ Big Tech Little Tech Ep #14 - Generative AI, killer robots, delivery robots, and Christmas films

For this episode of Big Tech Little Tech, Shaun and I chat about generative AI. We're both content creators and our interest and focus of discussion was about writing, drawing and making music.

🎧 Listen to the show on Spotify here, or find it on all major podcast platforms:

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🌎 For all show notes, background links and everything to do with the show, go to the Big Tech Little Tech website.

Further Reading

Articles to help you better understand AI tools

An intriguing look at what it means to be human in the age of AI
From an AI-generated Taylor Swift to a nude sculpture with a buzzing bee colony for a head, artists reflect on the promise and terror of artificial intelligence.
Now Anyone Can Use Dall-E to Generate AI Art
The artificial intelligence technology can turn text prompts into intriguing illustrations.
AI Drew This Stunning Comic Series. You’d Never Know It
The Bestiary Chronicles is both a modern fable on the rise of artificial intelligence and a testament to how shockingly fast AI is evolving.
12 songs created by AI - Google Arts & Culture
Editorial Feature
Over 1000 songs released in China have AI voices. Some have over 100 million streams
After competing with painters and illustrators, AI has started replacing singers in China.

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