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?