What Mergeflow's AI Search Assistant can do

Sometimes when you want to search for something, you only have a vague idea of what you should actually search for. You have a notion of your topic, but you have a hard time verbalizing it. You know it when you see it--but you don't see anything because you don't even know how to get started... a catch-22-situation.

This is where Mergeflow's AI search assistant comes in. For any term or phrase you enter into the search box, it will write a short description. And this description can be quite helpful for getting out of this catch-22 writer's block you are struggling with.

How it works

As soon as you start typing, you will see the AI search assistant icon (red arrow):

Click on it, and the assistant gets to work:

When it's done (usually after a few seconds), the result looks like this:

You could now copy and paste the whole text somewhere...

...or you could mark a text selection and search for it in Mergeflow, like this (the "Search in Mergeflow" widget shows up as soon as you mark some text):

So, in this case the AI search assistant helped get from "platform business models", which delivers some results but not a lot...

Search for "platform business models"

...to "pay-per-use", which gives a lot more useful results:

Search for "pay-per-use"

Now, you might say, "sure, I might have brainstormed my way from 'platform business models' to 'pay per use'". But just imagine how much longer this would have probably taken you. 

Some examples

Our AI search assistant is quite versatile. It works quite well for many different kinds of topics. Just to give you an idea, below are some examples. Some are quite specific, and others very general:

Epigenome editing

Manufacturing

Synthetic biology for new materials

CAPEX to OPEX

What's under the hood of the AI search assistant?

The AI search assistant uses a state-of-the-art language model. Technically, a language model is a very sophisticated probability distribution over sequences of words. Without going into details here, this means that the texts produced by the AI search assistant are not always the same, even if you give it the same input. Think "probabilities", not "certainties".