Why should SaaS applications integrate with other applications?
I have been thinking about the value of integration for some time. I've realized that there are two distinct types of integration: one is more general, and the other is more specific.
The more general type of integration is the process by which all applications on a desktop environment share information freely and automatically. This results in an ecosystem.
The more specific type of integration is the process by which one application becomes a part of another. This results in an ecosystem.
The first type of integration is more general and results in a greater number of integrations overall. The second type of integration is more specific, but results in fewer applications to integrate with.
I think the first type of integration is objectively superior. I don't say that lightly, but let me explain why I believe this.
The ecosystem is a great thing. Imagine if every application on your computer was its own island, with no bridges between them.
You are getting an AI to generate text on different topics.
This is an experiment in what one might call "prompt engineering", which is a way to utilize GPT-3, a neural network trained and hosted by OpenAI.
GPT-3 is a language model. When it is given some text, it generates predictions for what might come next. It is remarkably good at adapting to different contexts, as defined by a prompt (in this case, hidden), which sets the scene for what type of text will be generated.
Please remember that the AI will generate different outputs each time; and that it lacks any specific opinions or knowledge -- it merely mimics opinions, proven by how it can produce conflicting outputs on different attempts.