AI Won’t Replace Writers, But Writers Need Your Help
Readers need to be more discerning about their content creators than ever.
As if I wasn’t depressed enough, an old friend told me that if I were to pick a skill to learn, it shouldn’t be writing because AI is getting really good at it. Will AI replace writers? He believes so.
Yes, AI is getting really good at writing. I know that because I’m one of the raters evaluating AI responses every day. They’re capable of some really good stuff! They have the roaring power of the search engines behind them and can process large quantities of information in ways our organic brains can only dream about.
Certainly, AI will impact writers, but I know for a fact AI won’t replace writers. There’s something I know that my friend doesn’t.
To be clear, I’m not commenting on the technology and I’m not tech-savvy at all. This is my opinion about AI’s impact on writers.
AI is smart and useful, no doubt
With AI getting smarter than ever, the creative world is changing for sure. Even before my friend’s reminder, I too wondered if there was still value in pursuing the craft of writing when a Large Language Model (LLM) can just generate decently written content in seconds.
They don’t just have the power of the large amount of information they’ve been trained on, they have decent grammar and can generate different types of content.
Apart from facts, they can suggest prompts, create simple storylines, write poetry, design basic lesson plans, consolidate information, and even write a standard resume.
Shortly after I started this blog, I got wind that some folks were creating books with the help of AI. Independent writers are speeding up the writing process with the help of an AI software called Sudowrite.
Some of them use the program to come up with general descriptions of places, others use it to create writing prompts or guide their stories. All of them experienced a significant boost in efficiency.
There’s also that guy who created an illustrated children’s eBook in 72 hours using ChatGPT and Midjourney, an AI image generator.