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What products are the most innovative, do you think?

It may business-related or not. I just want to hear the SaaS that was breath-taking to you the first time you saw it.

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rhogroupee's avatar
8 months ago

I have been playing around with Descript lately, and it's pretty breathtaking. Instantly pulled in my video, made a transcript, and then allowed me to magically remove my filler words and even replace mistakes by editing the text...it feels like sorcery.

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@MelanieCrissey (replying to @rhogroupee )
8 months ago

+1 I came here to say the same thing about Descript!

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@rhogroupee (replying to @MelanieCrissey )
8 months ago

I know, right? It's like the AI version of "jetpacks"...we have heard all these promises about how useful AI is going to be, and this is the first application where I see the value instantly.

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@maguay (replying to @rhogroupee )
8 months ago

@rhogroupee Ohh great call, you're right. Descript is like magic. I often use it just to find the section of text I'm looking for in a podcast recording—and the voice synthesis is also easily good enough to record full ads and shorter videos while sounding far less robotic than Siri.

You've built something awesome @andrewmason!

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maguay's avatar
8 months ago

Here's perhaps a funny one: Google Maps. For one, it's hard to imagine life without a GPS in your pocket, even if paper maps were still common enough just over a decade ago. It's almost equally hard to imagine life without the delivery services built on Google Maps and similar services.

I'll never forget how mind blowing Google Earth seemed when I first used it. And even today, Street View makes it just normal to look around any random place on earth. That’s magical.

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@VictorLai (replying to @maguay )
8 months ago

I just discovered Historical Street View while looking at real estate. It's neat to see how neighborhoods evolve.

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@maguay (replying to @VictorLai )
8 months ago

Can you use that in any street view location? I remember an article that had historic street view images of ... Detroit I think, and that was fascinating to look through.

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@VictorLai (replying to @maguay )
8 months ago

I guess it depends on how many times the Street View car has snapped a pic at that location. The one data point up here in BC has 4 old images going back to 2009.

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@maguay (replying to @VictorLai )
8 months ago

Ahh just found it: You open street view on any location, and if there's historic data there will be a small recycle icon in the top left under the address. Click that, and you can view Historic Streetview for any area where it's available (which, the random area I selected had 11 snapshots dating back to 2011).

Very cool, thanks for sharing! That's super nostalgic especially if your area's changed a lot in the past decade.

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@finch (replying to @maguay )
8 months ago

Indeed!

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srijancse's avatar
3 months ago

I love causal.app, they are reinventing spreadsheets on web.

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