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Have you played with AI in your writing?
Tell us what you think about it.
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I love the idea of Artificial intelligence (AI) for creating art pieces. I don’t feel that it differs vastly from what we humans do, like when inspired by the work of others, when we emulate those works (even unconsciously), or when we perfect our skills. AI does evolve its skillset, too. The major difference that I see is that it has no limitations on memory, can improve skills millions of times faster than human beings, and is intentional in emulating work of another (to the point of copying, which is where it is problematic).
When people utilize AI properly, the art will be like collage. The creation that you end up with by the end should not directly resemble someone’s work. It will be such an amalgamation of things, that it not longer resembles one, and is justifiably its own item. Just as in writing, caveats about plagiarism exist. Therefore, counterfeit art should not be tolerated. It is, in fact, already illegal.
Problematic use of AI aside, it is so very fascinating to see the evolution of computing technology. I’m still waiting to have my own R2 unit, and I’ve been waiting since I was approximately three years old (or whenever I first saw it–four? Because I did watch it prior to Empire, which I saw in the theater). Would we tell R2 he couldn’t create art if he wanted? Do you want to turn down C3PO? My empathy would go very deep into anthropomorphizing a droid, and feel like absolute crap denying them the creative outlets I enjoy.
What a wild ride future generations face. As of yet, I have not used AI to work on my writing. I have no intentions of doing so, either. I cannot imagine at this point, that writing AI are going to be able to create usable work. In the far future, it may be quite capable. Until systems have regulation and all the foibles hash-out, the tool doesn’t strike me as realistic.
Still, when you realize what is happening, you know that some entrepreneurs will load up on AI and exploit the tool regardless of its viability. That poses a problem for independent authors. Because of this, my opinion is they should avoid using AI until regulations are clarified, along with viable means of enforcement and oversight. You could end up making it impossible to ever publish your work at some point, should they make the use of AI in writing and other art illegal, for instance.
Wait. Will it come to that? It honestly could as writing unions and artists call for regulation and limitation on this kind of technology. Scientists have called on society to slow down. They want us to reflect and really think about the ramifications coming in every sector of life before letting this cat stay out of the bag.
While it may be too late to put the cat back in the bag, I think it is reasonable to really think about the implications and infrastructure needed in light of this technology. Absolutely, many people are being needlessly reactionary. There’s a lot of misinformation and propaganda out there attempting to settle people’s mind against AI, regardless of any good it has done to date. Also, remember, that AI requires human programming in order for it to exist and function in the first place. Therefore, in the end, it appears to just be another medium (tools and the like) to complete a task. Honestly, It’s super impressive someone made AI, let alone what it can do!
While I don’t see a need to make use of AI outside of creating images to inspire me about my work, or help me create art to draw in would-be readers, I don’t begrudge other legitimate artists from making use of the tool. Being afraid of AI isn’t a reaction I’m having to it’s presence. However, caution and awareness, as with any great new technology that can be leveraged by bad actors is a wise thing.
Let’s hop on through the other author responses to this intriguing question and see how they fee about this controversial topic in our field…