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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 1

Hello, I’m Alice and today we’ll be interpreting this text from a Gender/Feminist Critical Lens perspective. One might initially hesitate to think about this text in such a way because it doesn’t directly talk about gender or sexism, but it’s important to remember that any text can’t exist outside of a gender frame of reference, even something as objective as research studies on grading systems.

One key sentence from the text that strikes me as worth investigating is – “a grade-oriented environment is associated with increased levels of cheating (Anderman and Murdock, 2007), grades (whether or not accompanied by comments) promote a fear of failure even in high-achieving students”. It raises the question, we need to dig deeper – Does this grade-oriented environment and fear of failure affect boys and girls equally? Or does it reinforce damaging gender stereotypes – like boys being better suited for competition and girls being more fear-driven and compliant?

So, the first question we should try to answer is: the studies cited, have they explored or even considered possible differences in the effects of a grade-driven environment on boys and girls? Is there an equal representation of different genders in these studies? It’s essential to dig into the texts and authors of these studies to check if a male-dominated viewpoint may have overlooked various gender responses.

Our second point to ponder is: could the fear of failure in high-achieving students play out differently for boys and girls, due to cultural or societal norms and expectations? Take a moment to think about how girls and boys are typically socialized. Are boys encouraged to take risks and face failure, while girls are often encouraged to be perfect and maintain high grades at all costs?

Going forward, let’s arm ourselves with this third query: How can studies on grading systems and educational environments become more gender-aware, to not reinforce or amplify gender biases unintentionally? If we place ourselves in the shoes of researchers of the opposite gender, what new perspectives and questions might come to light?

I encourage all of us to keep these thought-provoking questions in mind as we re-read the text. Let’s see if we can dig deeper and uncover hidden gender dynamics that may be at play. Afterwards, let’s exchange our perspectives and enrich our understanding. Happy re-reading!

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