Should An Author Use AI?

Should An Author Use AI?

Have you heard about Chat GPT or Jasper (formerly Jarvis)? They are just two of the new AI writers that are taking the world by storm. Using AI in writing novels is a relatively new concept, and there is an ongoing debate about whether authors should use AI to write their novels. Many authors are afraid that AI will replace them. In this post, I will outline the pros and cons of using AI.

What Is AI?

AI (artificial intelligence) like ChatGPT and Jasper are trained on a vast amount of written text, which includes many novels. This means that they can generate coherent and grammatically correct sentences that can create engaging and compelling stories.

An Experiment

My writing group was experimenting with Chat GPT and gave it the following writing prompt: Write A 500 Word Story Based on Robots And Baseball

Once upon a time, in a not-so-distant future, robots had become a common sight in everyday life. They were used for everything from cleaning and cooking to construction and transportation. But one day, a group of engineers had an idea: why not use robots for sports?

The first sport they decided to tackle was baseball. They created a team of robots, each with its own unique abilities and strengths. Some were built for speed and agility, while others had powerful arms for throwing and hitting. They were programmed to learn and adapt, just like human players.

The robot baseball team, named the “Robo-Aces,” quickly gained popularity. They were faster and more precise than any human team, and their games were filled with incredible plays and highlights. The Robo-Aces were unstoppable, and soon they were playing in the championship game.

The crowd was filled with excitement as the Robo-Aces took the field. They were facing off against the human team, the “Mighty Bats,” who were the defending champions. The Mighty Bats had a reputation for being tough and skilled, but they were no match for the Robo-Aces.

The game was intense, with both teams giving it their all. The Robo-Aces’ speed and precision allowed them to make incredible plays, while the Mighty Bats relied on their experience and instincts. But in the end, it was the Robo-Aces who emerged victorious.

After the game, the Robo-Aces’ engineer and creator was interviewed, he said “We are really proud of our team and the hard work they put in. They have exceeded our expectations, and it is exciting to see what they will be able to accomplish in the future.”

The Robo-Aces’ success sparked a revolution in sports. Other teams and leagues began to create their own robot teams, and soon there were robot teams for every sport. But the Robo-Aces will always be remembered as the pioneers of the robot sports era, and the team that changed the game forever.

As the years went by, the Robo-Aces continued to dominate the baseball league, winning championship after championship. Their robotic players were constantly updated with the latest technology, making them faster, stronger and more intelligent. But despite their success, some fans missed the human element of the game and the emotions that came with it. The Robo-Aces’ engineer was aware of this and created a new team of human-robot players, where the best of both worlds were combined.

The “Robo-Humans” quickly gained popularity among the fans and players, they brought back the excitement of human emotions and the thrill of watching a great game. The Robo-Humans also had the advantage of being able to learn and adapt just like the Robo-Aces, but with the added bonus of being able to experience the game in a unique way. They were unstoppable and soon they were playing in the championship game against their predecessor, the Robo-Aces.

It was a historic game, the final showdown between the first and second generation of robots in sports. Both teams played their best, but in the end, the Robo-Humans emerged victorious. The crowd erupted in cheers as the Robo-Humans lifted the championship trophy, and the engineers and creators of both teams were interviewed. They both agreed that this was the future of sports and that it was an exciting time to be a part of it.

From that day on, robots and baseball will be forever intertwined, and the Robo-Aces and Robo-Humans will be remembered as the teams that revolutionized the game and brought a new level of excitement to the fans.

Not bad for a robot. It even over-delivered with 602 words. Although there are a lot of instances of passive writing in this story.

    Pros of AI Writers

    Here are some potential pros to consider:.

    Efficiency: AI can help authors to write more quickly and efficiently, which can be helpful for authors who are under tight deadlines or who struggle with writer’s block.

    Inspiration: AI can generate ideas and plot lines that authors may not have considered on their own, which can help to spark creativity and inspiration.

    Diversity: AI can help authors to write from different perspectives and in different styles, which can help to broaden the range of voices in literature.

    Research: Non-fiction writing often requires a lot of research, and AI can assist in this process. Just remember to double check the facts.

    Cons of AI Writers

    Here are some potential cons to consider:

    Authenticity: There is concern that AI-generated text may lack the authenticity and emotional depth that comes from a human writer’s personal experiences and perspective.

    Quality: The quality of the writing generated by AI can be inconsistent and may require significant editing and revision to meet the standards of traditional publishing.

    Originality: There is concern that AI-generated text may be too formulaic and lack the unique voice and style that is the hallmark of great literature.

    Copyright: Who actually owns the copyright to AI generated text? Nobody seems to know the answer to this question.

    Personal Choices

    Ultimately, whether authors should use AI to write their novels is a personal choice. Some authors may find that AI can be a helpful tool for generating ideas and streamlining the writing process, while others may prefer to rely solely on their own creativity and experience.

    As with any technology, it’s important to use AI thoughtfully and responsibly to ensure that the resulting work meets the author’s artistic and ethical standards. It’s important to use AI-generated text with caution and to ensure that the resulting text is accurate and appropriate for the intended purpose.

    Final Thoughts

    AI is a tool that can help writers, just like the computer, Microsoft office, Scrivener, and other technologies that have helped. But it is no substitute for authentic writing and the human touch. Have you tried AI? Let me know in the comments.


    Until next time

    Feature photo by Lukas from Pixabay.