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- Feb 1, 2010
We're hearing a lot about it in the writing world. Some authors are living in fear of the AI written books. Well, yes, it's probable that the market may be filled with a lot of 'told stories' which bring no new insights into the human condition, no new ways of looking at things, no distinctive 'author voice' and no real twisted emotion. And some people will love them. But I don't think there's any replacement for the weirdness of the human input.When I think of the scientific advancements that have happened in my own lifetime, it seems exponential.
This is why I think it's laughable about the sheer excitement generated by the current iteration of A.I. It's just a development of the existent bots, that are pitiful in use. It's technology pretending to be sentient but, really, it's just a data harvesting program. The only thing it's really good for is starting the discussion over regulation and trying to foresee legal and ethical issues. For instance, universities are insisting that if an A.I. program has been used in a students work then it must be credited as such.
Although some publishers are now printing a 'this book must not be used for the purpose of harvesting data' inside books, perhaps to discourage programmers from using the text to help the AI 'learn'. It will be interesting to see how that pans out, and whether it would even be possible to prosecute for doing so - I mean, how would you prove it?