Is AI (Artificial Intelligence) a Threat to Writers?
Updated: Aug 27
Here Are 3 Things to Consider
I'm going to be honest.
In 2021, when AI, artificial intelligence, emerged with consumer-based generative AI tools that let users enter prompts to receive humanlike images, text, or videos, it gave me pause.
Logging into ChatGPT was like entering a brave new world.
Within seconds it could generate everything, from a retreat packing list to an email to send to HOA about neighbors not picking up behind their pets.
From a business productivity standpoint, it can create blogs like the one you're reading in less than thirty seconds.
That is when the media began to swirl with speculation that the career of writing as we know it would forever change and writers would face obsolescence like the long-forgotten relics of Blockbuster and telegraphists.
I nearly started biting my nails.
Fast forward to 2023 when I worked my first AI Conversation Content Writer Role for a MAJOR tech company.
Things change when you view them from the backend.
I let out a huge sigh of relief, at least for the time being.
The AI of today, of course, will not be the AI of tomorrow. But for the time being, let's get into these reasons below.
Here are three reasons AI is not a threat to writers or the craft of writing presently.
1. It's good, but not that good, yet.
The existing AI models are impressive, but they're not perfect. After all, we humans, who aren't perfect, program AI. Therefore, it stands to reason it is not perfect.
From providing information that simply isn't true to using outdated data, AI has a long way to go before it becomes a highly effective hub of impeccable content. The thought of it making writers obsolete is not even a thought presently.
2. Developing AI effectively takes time.
As I mentioned earlier, I've worked on a couple of different AI conversation projects. These projects, regardless of the platform or the tech company, are gigantic.
They involve hundreds of writers and subject-matter experts who test the accuracy and proficiency of AI responses to prompts.
Ironically, some people sign up to work on these projects and use AI to generate corrections and rewrites of the AI model's content. These fallacies are preventing the progression of AI.
3. It's intuitive, but can't feel. Words have emotion, which can not be created.
No matter how progressive the programming of these models becomes, artificial intelligence pulls from data and not lived experiences. As a writer, everything I've lived and live currently breathes in the words that I write.
Until the day comes when AI can create content that evokes emotion, writers still have a place in society. The human-emotional connection is difficult to duplicate. It's possible, but improbable.
Sunny Days Are Ahead
Where technology stands today, writers are not on the brink of extinction. Something that imitates humanity while simultaneously being programmed by it will have limitations for years.
As a professional writer, I've never been busier. In a world that is progressively being dominated by technology, ironically, clients have been craving the relatability in writing that only a human writer can produce.
So, in closing, if you aspire to be a writer, or are an entrepreneur seeking to find your writer's voice, keep writing.
Also, stay tuned to this blog and page, I'll be releasing some products to help.
Or if you want a reliable writer to help you with your project or brand, let's chat.
I'll see you in the next blog post.