Dropbox is launching two different but related services with artificial intelligence on its platform, reports The Verge.
The first is a tool for summarizing and requesting documents. This is a very convenient and useful feature that will eventually be seen in most tools in this category.
The other thing that Dropbox is launching is much more ambitious and interesting. It is a universal search engine that can access users’ files not only in Dropbox, but also all over the Internet. It’s called Dash, and it came about thanks to Dropbox’s acquisition of Command E.
According to Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, the idea behind Dash is that user content is no longer just files and folders. So Dropbox can’t be either.
“What used to be 100 files or icons on your desktop,” he says, “is now 100 tabs in your browser, with your Google Docs and your Airtables and Figmas and everything else.”
The application consists of two parts. There is a desktop program that can be called from anywhere using a keyboard shortcut. It acts as a universal search for everything on your device and all connected apps.
There’s also a browser extension that offers the same search, but also turns the new tab page into an ordered list of the user’s stuff.
One section of the Dash home page can contain documents that the user may need for a meeting or that they have been working on recently. Here you can create so-called Stack, and Dash will offer files and links that can be added to it.
“Search that actually works, a collection concept for links and files and any kind of cloud content, bringing machine intelligence into the experience — it’s more of a self-organizing Dropbox. Not everyone has to be their own librarian, filing things away,” added Drew Houston.
Many companies and people use the capabilities of artificial intelligence. For example, celebrities are increasingly turning to AI to create digital copies of themselves for use in marketing campaigns.
AI also affects other areas of people’s lives. For example, against the background of the growing use of generative artificial intelligence in music, the American Recording Academy has updated the rules of the 66th annual Grammy Awards.
At the same time, technology companies are using this cutting-edge technology. But warn of possible danger due to its use.