AI chatbots soared in popularity because of their impressive ability to excel at technical tasks such as coding, writing, and more. However, these abilities just scratch the surface of what chatbots can do.
Rather, I utilize AI to help me with tasks that may seem simple but take up time and creativity, two things I don't always have.
Below is my roundup of helpful ways to utilize AI chatbots to simplify your life.
Note: I personally use Bing Chat for all of these use cases. You can also use ChatGPT and it will work for all the prompts below; however, it won't give you the most recent information because it is not indexing the web for answers.
Coming up with fresh ideas for three meals every day for yourself or your family can be challenging.
To avoid being stumped, I ask my AI chatbot of choice, Bing Chat, for recipe ideas. Many times I ask for recipe ideas based on specific ingredients I have in my fridge.
For example, I could ask, "Can you give me a recipe that uses carrots, onions, chicken, and pasta?" Within seconds, it will give me a recipe I can follow.
You can also use this method to help find recipes that meet your dietary needs and restrictions. For example, "Give me recipe ideas that have no gluten or dairy in them."
2. Finding places to eat
On the topic of food, AI chatbots can help you find places to eat and even discover new ones.
Whether you are meeting up with someone and want to suggest a restaurant, find yourself in a new neighborhood that you've never been in and need suggestions for where to go, or simply want to discover new places in your area, you can use AI to help.
The smoothie bar attendee typed a prompt into Bing Chat like, "Make a smoothie inspired by Dora," to which Bing outputted a detailed, fun recipe for incorporating traits of the character that the smoothie maker would follow.
You could do this with many other prompts, including seasons, feelings, songs, and more.
4. Date nights
If you have ever been in a relationship, especially a long-term one, you may have found yourself at a loss for new date ideas and feel like you've done everything.
AI chatbots can help you come up with fun, new, creative dates that you may have never thought of on your own.
For instance, I asked Bing Chat for help coming up with the perfect, laid-back date night by asking, "Can you give me a date idea that is indoors and low budget?"
Bing Chat then gave me five cute date ideas that fit the criteria. Even if you don't decide to go with any of those ideas exactly, it could be a helpful way for you and your partner to get the creative juices flowing.
5. Finding what to watch on TV
Deciding to watch something on TV is only half of the battle. The trickiest part can oftentimes be deciding what to watch. Next time you are stuck, ask AI for help.
You can ask an AI chatbot to help you find a movie or show for you to watch in the specific genre you are looking for. It will make content suggestions that narrow down your choices and hopefully make your decision easier.
If you ask ChatGPT the question, it even includes a synopsis of each movie it is suggesting so that you can avoid watching the trailers. The only problem is that the suggestions would be limited to movies prior to 2021.
I asked Bing Chat, "Can you help me plan my dog a 5th birthday party?"
The initial response included venue, decorations, activities, and food ideas that I could use for my dog's birthday party. From there, I could move forward with any of those aspects and ask Bing Chat for more help.
If I was actually throwing this party, I could have followed up that question with questions regarding a more robust list of activities, treats, venues, food options, and more.
You could even use an AI image generator to help you create fliers, invites, and table placements.