This post is not influenced by nor informed by Chatgpt. I am a human writer!
Read on to find out why I mention that.
Once again I am posting on AI generated content. Just as with my last post (on AI art) this one is informed by David Pogue (Unsung Science podcast and contributor to the CBS Sunday Morning show).
David’s video this morning outlined the present and future of Digitally generated writing and some of the conflicts and disagreements pertaining to that technology.
Basically, the technology is already to the point that we can request almost any kind of writing, reports, term papers, poetry or short story and pretty instantaneously receive back creditable documents that are indistinguishable from very knowledgeable human hands. The writing is drawn from what is, for me, an inconceivably large database of human examples.
With apologies to my teacher friends, the leaders in this area of AI technology are Chatgpt (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer). And that is a product of OpenAI. From Wikipedia:
OpenAI is an American artificial intelligence (AI) research laboratory consisting of the for-profit corporation OpenAI LP and its parent company, the non-profit OpenAI Inc. The company conducts research in the field of AI with the stated goal of promoting and developing friendly AI in a way that benefits humanity as a whole. The organization was founded in San Francisco in late 2015 by Sam Altman, Elon Musk, and others who collectively pledged $1 billion USD.
Note to my teacher friends: You’re back to doing in-class essays.
Note to all fellow writers: Declare your humanity with pride, as I have done above. For some it will become a litmus test of quality.
Note to everyone: Chatgpt type systems will certainly be used to write effective malware and phishing emails.
Note to students and professionals trying to pass digital output as your own in order to illegitimately shirk your given responsibilities and thereby short change your own brain: The output so far is sometimes historically inaccurate and just plain wrong. As I said, the output is drawn from a database of human writers, and human writers will say just about anything.
Also from Wikipedia, Chatgpt and its results have been likened to a stochastic (fluent but random) parrot.