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Turning Texts, Images & Videos into Conversations

NowComment has the most sophisticated collaboration tools available for group discussion, annotation, and curation of texts, images, and videos.

It displays threaded commenting alongside the sentences and paragraphs of texts, the areas of images, and timestamps of videos to create engaging online conversations literally in context. Brainstorm, debate, and collaborate as never before!

Now AI Thinking Partners can bring the power of the latest OpenAI Large Language Models to your NowComment conversations!

Key Features

Free Accounts

Upload and discuss documents with people you invite or with the whole Internet ("Public Documents") at no cost!

Time Efficient

Interesting comments can be found quickly (they're tied to relevant document passages), and summary lines make skimming fast and easy.


Any sentence, paragraph, image, or video can have multiple conversations, keeping discussions focused and on-topic.

Simple to Use

Our interface is intuitive, your documents are accessible wherever you are, and we do the hosting and maintenance.

Feature-Rich and Scalable

NowComment has the features to handle very large groups: notifications, assignments, subgroups, moderation, and more.

Read It Your Way

By default comments are off to the side (with multiple sort options!), but you can also display comments in-line.

Collaborate with AI in Comments & Replies

Introducing AI Thinking Partners

AI as Your Reading Buddy or Writing Coach

  • Write your own text of any genre or upload one from a Web Site, PDF or Word Doc.
  • Choose a sentence, paragraph, or the whole document. Click the button to Ask AI then select an AI Thinking Partner. Pose a question and add a description of yourself if you would like, then wait for the results.
  • Critically read the output from OpenAI that comes to you in an edit box. You can also Resubmit and Resubmit to choose from alternative results. Edit the output of the results you choose so that it is helpful (for other users), honest (about the facts), and harmless (free of bias).
  • Hit Start conversation and see how an AI comment is posted in context showing that this was written by an AI Thinking Partner and edited by you. You and others can reply to any AI collaborated comments with human-only replies or with another AI Thinking Partner.
  • Your work with OpenAI is free and anonymous on NowComment. No separate login is required and no identifying data is transmitted to OpenAI.

LLMs at your service

With the click of a button, you can deploy OpenAI's Large Language Models (LLMs) next to any document on NowComment. You can select from a bevy of brilliant bots.

We have designed these bots to be AI Thinking Partners who are always available to be your personal mentor, tutor, coach, teammate, student, simulator, or tool. AI Thinking Partners don't just correct your writing or summarize a text; they help you to become a stronger writer and a more thoughtful reader.

NowComment's AI Thinking Partners shape and transform the output you receive from an LLM. This is a different experience than you get with the popular, off-the-shelf, product-oriented tools. You will be inspired by the control our AI Thinking Partners give you over how to integrate AI into your own creative and thinking processes.

There are over 30 AI Thinking Partners to choose from already (with more coming all the time)! And since there are so many, to guide your choice, we have organized them into the seven approaches for students that Dr. Ethan Mollick and Dr. Lilach Mollick describe in a recent paper, "Assigning AI," as briefly described in the next section, below.

We also invite you to make your own AI Thinking Partners. NowComment is a platform where we learn with and about Artificial Intelligence.

Remix & Create
AI Thinking Partners

Detail the persona of the best AI Thinking Partner you can imagine having. Itemize for that character the reading strategies you want them to employ. Specify the output that you want to receive. Test and test until you have taught your AI Thinking Partner how you want it to respond to the texts of any genre that you are reading or writing and uploading to NowComment. Become a prompt engineer.

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AI as Tool: Extending Performance

We are learning together how to use AI as a tool to extend our thinking. These AI Thinking Partners can translate, adapt, and transform text. They can give you a prompt for creating an image and more. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

Keep your own
AI Dialogue Notebook

Use NowComment to add daily logs on one document each week. Also add images and videos. Invite others to comment. Use AI Thinking Partners beside your freewriting, jottings, exploratory logs. Upload a new document each week for you logs, then collect these weekly log documents and things you are reading into a Personal Collection. This collection becomes your AI Dialogue Notebook.

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AI as Mentor: Providing Feedback

Ask an AI Thinking Partner to give you feedback on your work. Some examples of available AI Thinking Partners. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

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AI as Tutor: Providing Direct Instruction

Select an AI Thinking Partner that pushes you to think through problems and connect ideas. Some examples of available AI Thinking Partners. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

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AI as Coach: Increasing Metacognition

Some AI Thinking Partners will help you to think about your thinking. Examples of this kind of AI Thinking Partner. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

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AI as Teammate: Increasing Collaborative Intelligence

Invite an AI Thinking Partner into your study group to provide inspiration, find consensus, or play “devil’s advocate.” Consider these AI Thinking Partners. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

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AI as Student: The power of teaching others

Treat an AI Thinking Partner like your student who has given you their thinking on a text. Respond by teaching more about the topic. Try this with these AI Thinking Partners. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

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AI as Simulator: Creating Opportunities for Practice

Some AI Thinking Partners are characters we have created to have specific, ideological ways of responding. Choose a AI Thinking Partners like this to engage with different perspectives. See Mollick & Mollick (2023) for more.

Featured Public Documents

Recent Comments on Public Documents

Oct 2

Can you elaborate on why grades might disincentivize self-challenging behavior? How does this work in a typical student scenario? Could you provide an example of a situation where a student might be discouraged from challenging themselves due to grades?

Could you further explore why it’s beneficial for students to challenge themselves? Are there specific skills or experiences they gain from this?

What are some alternatives to the current grading system that may encourage self-challenging behavior? Have any of these alternatives been tried and what were the results?

What role do teachers and parents play in this? Can they do anything to encourage self-challenging behavior while still operating within the existing grading system?

If grades disincentivize self-challenging behavior, what does this imply about the broader education system? Does it need a complete overhaul or are there smaller changes that could be implemented to better encourage self-challenging behavior?

What are some ways that students can challenge themselves, within or outside the classroom, and how can schools support this?

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Study Groups: United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

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Science, Technology,
Engineering & Mathematics

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Quickstart: Commenting and Sharing

How to Comment
  • Click icons on the left to see existing comments.
  • Desktop/Laptop: double-click any text, highlight a section of an image, or add a comment while a video is playing to start a new conversation.
    Tablet/Phone: single click then click on the "Start One" link (look right or below).
  • Click "Reply" on a comment to join the conversation.
How to Share Documents
  1. "Upload" a new document.
  2. "Invite" others to it.

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