Will A.I. Generated Writing Steal Our Jobs? ChatGPT Responds.
Get ready to have your world rocked, writers. Because the rise of the chatbots is upon us, and they’re coming for your jobs. That’s right, these clever little algorithms are quickly becoming more advanced, and it’s only a matter of time before they replace even the most talented of human writers. So sit back, grab a cup of tea, and get ready to be schooled by the chatbots, because the writing world is about to be turned on its head.
Those are the words of ChatGPT in response to the prompt, “Write a sassy introduction to an article about why chatbots will replace human writers.”
Straight up, it’s hard to be overly critical — it certainly nailed the sass.
We already had access to tools like Grammarly that could suggest corrections (sure, often nonsensical suggestions), rewrites and word choices. Google Docs could auto-finish sentences. But the technology has stepped up a gear over this year. Notion just added A.I. capabilities to its software, allowing it to write content and brainstorm ideas. I recently played around with Lex, a new word processor with a Google docs-style editing experience but with a built-in A.I. thought partner. It claims that the more you use it, the better Lex will get at writing like you. Being able to let the A.I. take over from you when you lose your way has serious potential.
Now, ChatGPT has entered the automated chatroom.
And it’s pretty impressive.
It can write code. It can assist the Twitter engineers who have Elon Musk breathing down their necks. It can find recipes and cut out the keyword-stuffed life story that always precedes it. It can answer complex questions. It can craft email responses. It can write lawyer letters. Most amazingly, it can be conversational, remember what users said earlier in the conversation, and handle corrections.
It is also somewhat flawed. It spouts out incorrect answers. It’s also, predictably, filled with bias and racism. Why? As Chris Stokel-Walker writes in Fast Co, “The data it uses to generate its responses are sourced from the internet, and folks online are plenty hostile.” Many have…