Fast Company - - Contents - By David Lid­sky

Ten ways ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is mak­ing mun­dane tasks—such as writ­ing emails, craft­ing pre­sen­ta­tions, and search­ing for jobs—a lit­tle more bear­able.

1. Write bet­ter emails Boomerang for Gmail

What’s the like­li­hood that your email will re­ceive a re­ply? This add-on will tell you, based on sub­ject header, read­ing level, and length. It also helps sched­ule fol­low-up re­minders.

Bonus fea­tures: Fif­teen dol­lars a month adds fur­ther anal­y­sis, such as eval­u­at­ing an email’s po­lite­ness and pos­i­tiv­ity be­fore you hit SEND.

2. Fo­cus your mind

This desk­top and mo­bile mu­sic app cre­ates am­bi­ent sound to help users con­cen­trate on a task, med­i­tate, or sleep. mod­u­lates the rhythm and fre­quency of the Ai-gen­er­ated mu­sic based on cog­ni­tive re­search. Five free ses­sions. Bonus fea­tures: Un­lock un­lim­ited and off­line use for $6.95 a month or $49.99 a year.

3. Cre­ate killer pre­sen­ta­tions Beau­ti­

Users can over­come Pow­erpoint anx­i­ety—and avoid slide-deck hell—with this free app, which of­fers more than 50 tem­plates, in­clud­ing com­par­i­son charts. It also ob­serves the rules of good de­sign and ad­justs slides as you add con­tent. Bonus fea­tures: Beau­ti­ of­fers a stockim­age gallery that isn’t em­bar­rass­ing.

4. Track time Timely

It’s hard to bill hours man­u­ally and gauge how long it takes to com­plete a project. Timely fol­lows the docs and apps you or your team work on and then presents its as­sess­ments for ap­proval. Bonus fea­tures: A solo ac­count starts at $8 a month, for track­ing three projects; a com­pa­ny­wide ac­count is $250 an­nu­ally.

5. Post bet­ter pic­tures Lisa

Which pic­ture of your av­o­cado toast will get the most In­sta­gram likes and at­tract more fol­low­ers? Lisa chooses the best photo among ones you select to de­ter­mine which will fare bet­ter. Bonus fea­tures: Af­ter scru­ti­niz­ing an im­age, Lisa gen­er­ates hash­tags that can be added to a post to fur­ther boost its po­ten­tial to be seen.

6. Sched­ule a meet­ing Clara

In­clude “Clara,” a vir­tual ex­ec­u­tive ad­min­is­tra­tor, on email cor­re­spon­dence when try­ing to set up a meet­ing and this Ai-as-a-ser­vice (which starts at $99 a month) works with all par­ties to book it.

Bonus fea­tures: Clara’s dash­board lets users pre­set pre­ferred meet­ing times, who calls whom, when to send a con­fir­ma­tion, and more.

7. Find a job Gloat

Gloat looks at a user’s ré­sumé or Linkedin pro­file and of­fers tips for in­creas­ing job matches. Its ma­chine-learn­ing ca­pa­bil­ity also sug­gests open­ings and adapts to feed­back, nar­row­ing re­sults. Bonus fea­tures: By ac­cess­ing your con­tacts, Gloat can look for con­nec­tions to em­ploy­ment opps. Users can also search anony­mously.

8. Read the news more crit­i­cally Civikowl

Add this Google Chrome browser ex­ten­sion and Civikowl will scan news you’ve cho­sen to read, as­sess­ing the rel­a­tive qual­ity and po­lit­i­cal bias of ar­ti­cles and of­fer­ing ad­di­tional per­spec­tives. Bonus fea­tures: A Civikowl icon will pop up on Face­book ar­ti­cles peo­ple share in your feed (from cer­tain sources). Civikowl for Twit­ter is due soon.

9. Eat smarter Fit­ge­nie

Fit­ge­nie lets users set health goals—such as weight loss or build­ing lean mus­cle—and rec­om­mends meals (and how to make them), ad­just­ing its sug­ges­tions to cus­tomers’ tastes.

Bonus fea­tures: You can try the food log, which re­veals your fat, carb, and protein in­take, be­fore sign­ing up for a $10-a-month sub­scrip­tion.

10. Get through cus­toms Border­

This site uses ma­chine learn­ing to an­a­lyze his­tor­i­cal data from U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion to pre­dict how long it’ll take to get through cus­toms at more than 40 U.S. air­ports. Bonus fea­tures: Users can spec­ify ex­act ter­mi­nals, ar­rival date and time, and res­i­dent sta­tus to get a more ac­cu­rate as­sess­ment.

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