Recently I announced on Twitter that my son finally started writing. He had shown a gift for storytelling at a very early age but until now had never really tried to put it to use. I was very excited and proud of him for this. Now he will be the third person in our family to become a writer. My late brother Michael was the first. When my son told me he was working on a story, I wanted to shout it out on the rooftop until he told me he was using AI to aid him in his writing. I felt that using AI was something that he didn’t need because he could write without any help. But he’s an adult, so I didn’t press the issue with him; however, I couldn’t help but wonder about it in private.
I have always been a do-it-yourself kind of person, so when I found out he was using AI, it almost started a long debate between my son and me over whether AI was essential. I was thinking, what? This can’t be! Who created this kind of atrocity? I know I’m being a little overly dramatic. Still, I’m old school and have been writing for a long time now and have difficulty imagining writers using artificial intelligence to help them write a book. It doesn’t seem natural. I’m not trying to be Miss Killjoy or anything; I believe in keeping it real.
AI such as Jasper can write blog posts, social media posts, and website content for you. I’m going, to be honest… At first, I wanted to try it and see what it was like, but before I pulled out my debit card and paid the $29, which is per month, just to let you know, I decided not to because I didn’t want to make writing so easy for myself that I am not even the one doing the writing. How much of the content would be my own? And can I still call it my creation?
I enjoy the latest technology just as much as the next person, but a part of me feels uneasy when AI is given the ability to do the same things that humans can do. I don’t ever want to see a time when AI is taking important jobs away from humans. Otherwise, there will be no more use for us. I believe that humans should be the future, not AI. If I saw books sold on Amazon or Barnes and Noble written by AI, then I would not read them. It’s not the same because AI has no emotions like humans. A robot can not feel love, sadness, hatred, and all the other things that humans feel. They can’t feel anything, and if one can’t feel, how can one understand?
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I actually tried writing a blog post with AI once, and the results were eerily decent. Just like how machines have replaced bank tellers or cashiers, there will be more future jobs that will inevitably fall under the realms of AI. And that’s not a bad thing per se, because that only means that humans will be free to elevate to higher-thinking tasks.
But what you said was true though. I wouldn’t want to read a novel written by a machine, as capable as they are, though this could be a preview of the future racism between humans and machines.
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