Opera’s built-in AI tool, Aria, has become a game-changer for me. As an avid user of the Opera browser, I was initially skeptical when artificial intelligence was introduced to the platform in 2023. However, I decided to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. Aria has proven to be incredibly useful, particularly in one specific area – search queries.
When I use google.com to search for information, I often encounter various issues. The content of the resulting sites can be outdated, filled with excessive ads or poorly designed code that disrupts my browsing experience. Additionally, some sites may require payment or registration to access their content. These factors make the search process cumbersome and time-consuming.
As someone who frequently conducts research for articles and books, I need to be efficient in finding the information I need. Deep dives into irrelevant websites are not a luxury I can afford. This is where Aria comes in handy. Let me provide you with an example.
In the book series I’m currently writing, each character’s name is a combination of classical composer names. For instance, one of the main characters is named Anton Frank, derived from Anton Dvorak and Frank Bridge. As the series progresses, I need to explore more obscure composers to create unique names. Instead of relying on Google searches that may lead me to countless websites before finding relevant information, I simply open Aria and type my query, such as “List 50 classical composers.” If necessary, I can further narrow down the search by specifying “List 50 female classical composers.” Each query is saved in the Aria sidebar, allowing me to refer back to it later.
Using Aria eliminates the concerns associated with poorly coded websites or other issues that often arise during research. It ensures a smooth and efficient search experience. However, it’s important to note that I exclusively use Aria for research purposes and not as a crutch to generate content. I have spent years developing my own unique writing style and have no intention of relinquishing it to AI. Aria serves as a replacement for Google searches, providing me with the necessary information without compromising my creative process.
It’s worth mentioning that Aria does not replace the websites I enjoy visiting. I appreciate the unique perspectives and voices of individual writers, and I value the heart, vision, depth, and experience they bring to their work. I have no interest in reading articles or books, listening to music, or watching videos created solely by AI. AI lacks the creative essence that humans possess.
However, when it comes to research and obtaining information, Aria has proven to be a powerful tool that often outperforms Google. If you’re seeking answers to your queries without worrying about the quality of the websites you’re directed to, I highly recommend giving Opera’s Aria a try. It has certainly surpassed Google in this aspect and shows no signs of slowing down.