My impressions of Podbot: Creating a Podcast using AI

I like exploring new technology products, even though I am not a techie or do not even consider myself to be technologically inclined for that matter. But I love to explore and dabble with new tools, apps, and products, some of which I have started writing about on my blog.

A few days ago, there was a livid discussion in a facebook group for content marketers about the rise of content creation tools that use Artificial Intelligence technologies. Terms like GPT2 and GPT3 were thrown around, and the more vocal members debated the pros and cons of using such tools. Typically, discussions such as these often give rise to some interesting ideas.

In this case, the thought crossed my mind, “Where is Podcasting headed in an era of AI driven content tools?”

Podbot on ProductHunt

On Podbot, my my test podcast is called “Seasons”. It has four episodes published so far, the recent two in or around February 2021.

The first episode is called “Monsoon Rains”, the most recent one is titled “Blogging away endlessly without a Content Calendar- What are the Pros and Cons?”Compared to the first episode, published in July 2020, the most recent one from February 2021 sounded rather accurate.

Creating a new podcast using Podbot. Blog by Amar Vyas
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 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. 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 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-Mobile phone view> Blog by Amar Vyas
Homepage of podbot. Feb 2021

How to create a podcast using Podbot.ai

  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.

First, to check if something had changed in terms of product development user interface. Even the technology itself that bot uses the GPT2 tool for artificial intelligence, while GPT three has been released recently. Next, I wanted to see if the overall podcast listening experience had changed.

The post I created this morning on using a content calendar, seemed quite accurate, and pretty pleasant to my ears.

Do these podcast episodes have an audience?

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

Friend, or Foe?

Such tools could be an enabler for testing out new show ideas. So binge watching streaming shows happens to be an idea that I’m actually exploring.

Sometimes you may be in a bind and you want to get that episode out there. Using a technology like podbot, you can create and publish the episode, with a disclaimer about how the episode was published. In time, you should then go ahead and replace it with an actual narration, or updated as and when time permits.

Note: this option should only be used in the worse case scenario (treat this as the Don’t Panic! button)

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

The (Current) Downsides

Wrapping it up

Resources:

1. The “under the hood” technology of podbothttps://podbot.ai/about

2. FAQ page: https://podbot.ai/faq

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