Hi Dropbox Community! I am Ju Shin, a product lead at Dropbox working on Dropbox AI features. Thank you for testing the Dropbox AI for file previews alpha and for joining this group. Any feedback you can share will be valuable to us as we continue to work on this experience.
Please note: Dropbox early releases are subject to additional terms and conditions.
This post will outline some of the changes you can expect to see in this alpha release and what we are hoping to test.
What to expect from the Dropbox AI for file previews alpha experience
The Dropbox AI for file previews alpha experience is currently available to select users.
You can use Dropbox AI by looking at the right side of the web preview for supported file types. Open this tab to generate a summary about the file or ask it a question about the file (e.g., are there any action items mentioned?).
Will my data be shared with OpenAI?
This feature is powered by OpenAI. Dropbox only sends OpenAI the file you’re currently viewing and asking it summarize or answer a question about. Your files and the questions you ask will not be used to train OpenAI’s language models. By opting in, you’re granting Dropbox permission to use this feature and OpenAI on your selected files.
What files are supported?
The feature supports the following file types: raw text files, PDFs with selectable text, Microsoft Office documents, eBooks, as well as audio and video files.
My file type should be supported—why don't I see the Dropbox AI tab?
For now, this feature is only available when previewing files in your Dropbox on a web browser. Currently, it is not available with files that are shared with you unless you save them to your account.
We truly appreciate you testing this alpha. If you have questions, feedback, or suggestions on how we can improve this experience, please let us know by creating a topic here. Thank you again for testing this alpha and sharing your experience with us.
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I am enjoying the ability to "Chat" within a document, however, there are some things as a user that would be beneficial. 1. Within a specific document, allow the AI to not just respond from what is within the document itself, but access the LLM data it has (assuming it is connected to a BARD or an OpenAI ChatGPT) and bring in additional information. As it stands, it will only answer if the information is within the specific file. It will not bring in additional information and enhance the conversation where applicable. e.g. File: Baking a Cake, Q: what substitutes can I use for Enriched flour in this recipe? A: The file does not mention alternatives, however, the following flour alternatives exist that could substitute Enriched Flour in this recipe (then lists the potential substitutes) - the same as if you simply went to ChatGPT and asked it directly. This is a elementary example but highlights how a LLM could bring insights, additional context and information into the discussion. Granted, it would need to identify that the suggestions or additional content was sourced outside of the document, but would enhance the conversation. 2. Expand the capability to chat with the AI to include folder and subfolder content. Allowing the AI to search through the content to find, assess, surface, and reference the document, page, and location it pulled the answer from. This would help when working with a large body of information specifically held within a series of folder structures that you want to chat in and with.
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There are a few tasks that no one wants to do. Whether it’s doing the never-ending pile of dishes, and tackling the eternal struggle of folding laundry, the joy of scrubbing the oven or mowing the lawn under the scorching sun.
Well, one task that no one wants to do is to trawl through files and documents looking for answers, especially when you don’t want to open all of those files. Find out how you can use Dropbox AI on file previews to help you to sort and search!
Quickly summarize content and get answers with Dropbox AI
File previews is on of the most popular functions, and now we are applying AI to file previews as part of a new offering called Dropbox AI. Let AI understand and summarize your documents, and serve you the right results when you search, all from the preview stage. Learn more about that here:
Quickly understand large documents or videos without parsing through the entire file. With the click of a button, you can summarize your content, like contracts and meeting recordings, into a concise explanation.
Get the information you need without the hassle of manually searching through large files. Simply ask a question and get a response within seconds.
And this is just the beginning of Dropbox AI—soon you’ll be able to use Dropbox AI on your folders or your entire Dropbox account.
Dropbox AI for file previews is currently in alpha. As of today, it will be available in the U.S. to all Dropbox Pro customers and start rolling out to select Dropbox Teams to test. And don’t worry, the Dropbox AI feature is powered by OpenAI. When you use Dropbox AI to ask questions or summarise files, data from those files is shared with OpenAI. Dropbox only shares the files you use Dropbox AI with. Your files and the questions you ask won't be used to train OpenAI's language models. By using the feature, you're granting Dropbox permission to use this feature and OpenAI on your selected files.
Want to learn, discuss and share feedback on Dropbox AI with the team who are working on it? Join the Dropbox AI group here on the Community and get involved! We’d love to hear from you!
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