I can tell you now that my CSV pairing makes no sense to anybody except for me. The field names are cryptic. I use things like H_Pc_AfPtLsCoaRskSgFf_BfCmp_CyUs
This is one of 500 fields I have in the table. Now tell me how on earth will AI figure it out, when I can’t figure it out sometime myself, … well I do know what it is because I use a system of abbreviations, but the 2 or 3 letter word abbreviations are random and they mean to show some of the components if the formula in the field name.
I do it because I want to see it in the field name without having to showelling my mouse always about the bubble. Secondly it helps me with filtering fields in the filed picker when I look for a certain field.
Yes I could create another field just for CSV import and name it in a friendly way, to match the CSV file I am importing and that is what the CSV Airtable extension already does. But I have mere dozen of available fields in several of my tables, maxing at 500 almost.
And since Airtable doesn’t allow external apps see the Airtable formula (not even AI, as you mentioned earlier yourself), I can’t see how that would be more meaningful if there is a number and I have 100’s of fields that look alike.
AI can help if it reads text so it figures out what type of field it is and what is the meaning of it.
But if there is a field like the one example above, and I have 100’s of these kind of fields…
Yes, I could use another table, but I am already maxed out on everything possible in Airtable, I don’t have empty slots of anything much unless I go with Enterprise which I obviously can’t afford to pay even for one day
So my feeling is, future is AI, for sure, but right now I think at this level of maturity of Airtable, all AI would do for my CSV mapping is a luxus toy but not useful unless I babysit it and spend more time fixing it than doing mappings the way they are done today.
I couldn’t trust Airlift to do my mapping, even if it had some kind of AI matching, unless, of course, Airtable provides access to formulas beyond the table data to see the logic in Airtable. Without that, I don’t know how it would make sense if Airtable is so introverted now.