My impressions of Podbot: Creating a Podcast using AI

Podbot on ProductHunt

I recalled reading about (and dabbling with) podbot.ai, a podcast creation tool that uses AI. Speficially, it is based on GPT2. I came across podbot on ProductHunt, and thought it was a nice idea. Over the past few months, life and other priorities made me forget about it, but the discussion on facebook group reminded me of this site. If the product was active development, then the tool should have become better. Atleast that was my hypothesis.

Creating a new podcast using Podbot. Blog by Amar Vyas
Dashboard for podbot-Mobile Phone view
New episode creation using AI tool in Podbot. Blog by Amar Vyas
New episode creation in progress
Selecting Podcast for publishing. Blog by Amar Vyas
Selecting Podcast for publishing
Entering new topic for publishing podcast in Podbot. Blog by Amar Vyas
Entering new topic for publishing podcas
Homepage of Podbot-Mobile phone view> Blog by Amar Vyas
Homepage of podbot. Feb 2021

How to create a podcast using Podbot.ai

Setting up a podcast using podbot, an AI driven podcast creation tool, is pretty easy.

  1. Once you have set up your account and reached the admin dashbord, you first create one or podcast. I mean the series, not the episode itself that will follow shortly.
  2. Next, you create an episode. To do so, enter the topic that you like, and the program takes care of the rest.
  3. The AI tool will generate the text from news or popular blogs or others sources related to the query you have entered.
  4. It will then fetch images that are relevant or related to the post. This could be from Unsplash or similar sites. That takes care of artwork.
  5. Finally, using Google’s text to speech technology, the actual audio is created.

Do these podcast episodes have an audience?

I was quite surprised to find that the podcast episodes created using podbot actually have an audience! My first three episodes have received more than 100 listens as on date. This is not a perfect technology, but I think this idea holds potential.

Listenership for “Seasons” podcast created by Amar Vyas on Podbot.ai

Friend, or Foe?

Here comes the important question. As a podcaster do I see this tool as a threat?

Image showing "Dont Panic" Blog of Amar Vyas
Source: Wikimedia Commons

The (Current) Downsides

The narration can sound quite impersonal. Secondly, the advertisement for podbot at the intro is pretty long and rather boring. Next, a recent episode that I created binge watching on Amazon, was actually pretty accurate, only for the first half. The second half was quite literally a copy paste job of the first part. The proverbial Glitch-In-The-Matrix Deja Vu. There are several other oops’es, many of which are highlighted in the reviews on ProductHunt.

Wrapping it up

It is the surprise element that thrills me and intrigues me more than anything else. There may be similar, or better tools out there- I am yet to explore. For now, I am pretty impressed with the idea and the potential it holds.

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Amar Vyas

Amar Vyas

Creator- Gaatha Story- Podcast of Children's Stories. Cofounder Kamakshi Media and Author. Husband, dog lover. Country Manager for FSC, India. www.amarvyas.com