AI vs. Content Writers: Will AI/ChatGPT Wipe Out Writers’ Job?

Mou Das
Mou Das
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AI vs. Content Writers: Will AI/ChatGPT Wipe Out Writers’ Job?

AI has become the buzz word these days. In every sphere of our life knowingly or unknowingly we are using AI. For instance, we can play chess with computer, take customer service from chatbots, maps, and navigation, make digital painting and the number just goes on. We have to admit that the AI assistance is quite cutting-edge invention and lifesaving these days, but the question still arises do we really like playing chess with the machines as an alternative of a friend or taking customer service from the chatbot instead of a customer service person? Will AI replace some creative professions like writing?

In this post we will try to nail down all the answers but before that let us find out how artificial intelligence is different from human brains and how it works.

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Artificial Intelligence is a technology that allows machines and computer applications to mimic human intelligence, learning from experience via iterative processing and algorithmic training. In short, it works by combining massive amounts of data put into it by human beings. Lately, ChatGPT has been launched by OpenAI in November 2022 which is one of the latest innovations of digital technology. ChatGPT is said to be able to contain 8 million documents and 10 million words which can easily make us understand how enormous the capacity of a machine can be.

However, in AI tools what is missing is independent thinking.

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  • AI tools usually process, reform and modify data that are put into them. But there is something called independent thought that artificial intelligence lacks. The AI tool ChatGPT recently got the attention of many because it can response like human beings. According to the OpenAI, the human AI trainers provided conversation to ChatGPT in which they played both the sides – the user and an AI assistant. Now it is obvious that the machine can never produce something outside of the data given by the AI assistance. As a result, there is a high possibility of having repetitive lines and sentences in the piece of writings/ verbal response generated by AI.
  • Due to the massive data sets, the machines may have the capacity to provide solutions to complex problems in the fastest way but the machine lacks emotion. Writings are closely related to human emotion. When we read books or blog posts written by human beings, subconsciously we create a connection with the writer. But what about making a connection with a machine?
  • AI tool like ChatGPT may have the capability to write a full dissertation or fine piece of movie script but the ideas can be inconsistent, tedious, and redundant. The need for creative writers will always be high. New perspectives, creative twists, ingenious ideas, abstract feelings, concise expressions are unique and hence they can never be processed by human-like AI tools until humans put that into it.

AI tools undoubtedly make our life dynamic. It is hard to deny how writing tools like Grammarly, Copysmith and many more tools make the writers confident every day. They are continuously helping to improve the writers’ experiences. But artificial intelligence cannot replace human capability. It is not possible, at least not for now. Because in order to have a human-like AI, one must add to its memory emotions, feelings, creativity, ideas, thoughts, intentions, imaginations, beliefs, thoughts, attitudes, motivations, compulsions, emotional arousals, though none of these are directly related to its duties. It has to be linked to a very large database which is very challenging. Furthermore, creating a database for these human characteristics is complicated and time-consuming. The second problem is that in that case, the data processing capacity of AI’s processor must be more than that of any supercomputer that exists in the present world.

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By Mou Das
Mou Das is a Bangladeshi student pursuing Master's in English Literature and Culture in Copenhagen.
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