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The (science) fiction revolution, powered by AI.


AI technology, creative field, authors, writers, content creation, AI limitations, ethical concerns, human creativity, storytelling, AI vs. human writers.

Somedays, creative juices just dont flow. However, the same cannot be said for AI technology, which can generate music, art, and writing at the push of a button. Stuck on a storytelling idea? Ask your local AI generator to create a story you haven't dreamed of. What's better, is that AI can specifically alter the output of its writing to fit its intended audience. It’s the perfect writer, the perfect storyteller, and it begs the question. What is to happen to the creative field work of authors and writers already struggling to make a living? It is well known that content creation is a rather underpaid profession, but this is even more threatened by the advent of AI.


To emphasize on why AI is such a commendable contender in the creative field: It has no limits. The human brain will eventually tire, and will eventually hit a writer’s block. But AI will run for however long its user sees fit. It will continue to randomly generate ideas that can be used to bolster novels and comic book storylines. Moreover, AI is specifically trained based on data. It can recognise patterns of popular books, and find the perfect formula to create a number one bestseller. So what’s stopping AI from authoring all the books on our shelves?


Writing and content creation is albeit a creative profession, and many people do not think AI has the capability to be creative. In fact, it does not, it is merely making predictions and inferences from data it already has. Although a story generated by AI may seem original, it is just a mix of data collected from the millions of stories in its databases. And it can only go off of previously existing stories, so who is to think of the new ones? Every year, new technology, new problems, and new societies inspire writers in millions of different ways. AI can only write what it has data on. What happens to worlds of fiction, fantasy, and the future? It seems those are left to the human writers.


Another major concern is the ethicality of the matter. Would we want to let even our imagination be dictated by AI? Stories and fiction are important emotionally and culturally. To many, it seems wrong to allow something artificial to influence our artistic worlds. Moreover, writing is a profession (like many others) that requires skill. To generate style, genres, linguistic syntax, these are all nearly impossible for a language machine to do without being redundant from what already exists. There is no voice in AI. There is no emotion. Writers are famed for their ability to make readers feel emotions vividly through the eyes of a character. What happens when we leave that to AI, something that does not feel emotions?


Stories would lack depth, personality. Moreover, writers who take so much pain to express their stories would be overlooked. Human voices would be ignored, their jobs lost to something an AI learned from theirs. Maybe with time, AI will grow to be so powerful that it overcomes all of these challenges. But until then, the war between writers and AI language tools grow ever more important, and we wonder who will write the stories that are so integral to our literary culture.


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