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Machines and Society

A growing guide on the latest in data-driven research and emerging technologies at the intersection of society, information and technology.


Generative AI can serve as a versatile and powerful tool to enrich our campus life in tasks and activities such as researching, presentation, language learning, and writing. 

In this guide, we offer examples and use cases of generative AI in typical scenarios of campus life. We also share tools and tutorials to illustrate how effective use of generative AI tools can enhance our productivity and creativity. 


Elicit automates time-consuming research tasks like summarizing papers, extracting data, and synthesizing your findings. It tends to work best for empirical domains that involve experiments and concrete results. It can assist in literature review, systematic reviews and meta-analysis.

Litmaps visualizes research papers as network graphs based on publication date, citations, citing relations, and title similarity. It suggests related papers based on the connections between papers. This tool helps explore a topic beyond your known literature and assists you in literature review.

ResearchRabbit is a free online tool designed for literature exploration and mapping. By starting with one or more “seed papers”, it suggests and visualizes relevant literature and researchers. This tool is particularly useful when planning essays, projects, or literature reviews.

SciSpace is designed to help you explore, read and understand research papers. It can help you find connected papers, authors, topics, and more. It can assist in literature review, generating citations, paraphrasing texts, and detecting AI in scholarly writing. is designed for discovering and evaluating scientific articles via Smart Citations. Smart Citations allow users to see how a publication has been cited by providing the context of the citation and a classification describing whether it provides supporting or contrasting evidence for the cited claim.

Semantic Scholar
Semantic Scholar provides free, AI-driven search and discovery tools, and open resources for the global research community. It helps to extract meaning and identifies connections from within papers, then surfaces these insights to help scholars discover and understand research.


Canva Magic Design
Canva Magic Design crafts professional social posts, presentations, and even videos in seconds based on your description.

Gamma allows users to create polished documents, presentations, and webpages in seconds using AI. 

Simplified AI Presentation Maker helps you create outstanding AI-generated presentations complete with images and copy in a matter of seconds. 

SlidesAI is an extension for Chrome designed to work inside Google Slides. It summarizes and creates presentation slides from any piece of text.

Tome automates presentation creation using a variety of AI-powered tools. A collaborative AI assistant helps you design presentations from scratch. 

Google Workspace Marketplace
Google Workspace Marketplace provides more AI tools for slide presentations.


Copilot is an AI-powered chatbot built on GPT-4 that provides access to DALL-E 3. It is grounded in the Microsoft Bing search index to provide responses verifiable citations. 

Humata offers rapid summarizing, real-time Q&A, and efficient content generation from your PDFs.

Jenni AI
Jenni AI automatically completes sentences, creates tone and style, cites in multiple styles, paraphrases and rewrites.

Squibler assists in developing book chapters or screenplay scenes, generating scenes according to the context or your instructions, rewriting sections to make them more detailed, and more.

Wordtune creates customized sentences using AI, and can be used to paraphrase emails, articles, messages and more.

Language Learning

ChatGPT enables users to refine and steer a conversation towards a desired length, format, style, level of detail, and language.

Babbel is a German language learning app that uses speech recognition technology to facilitate correct pronunciation and integrates personalized learning activities to engage users.

Busuu combines AI-powered language learning with one-to-one live tutoring to deliver a full-scale language learning experience to its users. 

Duolingo offers more than 100 courses in 38 languages and heavily relies on AI to deliver its personalized courses. It has AI chatbots that you can text with to improve your skills.

Memrise is a British language learning app that allows users to take pictures of different objects and discover what they’re called in a particular language on the app.

Rosetta Stone
Rosetta Stone helps users learn 30 languages by using augmented reality and real-time translation tools.


Ye Zhai
Reference and Instruction Fellow