ChatGPT & The Writer's Way
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Why We Shouldn’t be Concerned with ChatGPT
The internet has been flooded lately with news of large corporations putting their faith in Generative AI and large language models (LLMs). This is thanks to the massive surge in popularity in OpenAI and ChatGPT’s ability to produce lifelike responses to inquiries, and its ability to produce content in minutes where it would otherwise take days. Tech companies like Google, Microsoft, and even Discord are looking for ways to implement this API in ways to increase productivity, creativity, and general consumer experience on their own platforms. Tech enthusiasts tout this software the same way that Mark Zuckerberg touts that his Metaverse will revolutionize the internet.
Yet content creators and writers are scared that this technology will rob them of their livelihoods. Indeed, there is growing discourse over the popularity of OpenAI’s ChatGPT and how it can steal potential clients long-term, as companies are turning more and more to ChatGPT for quicker and cheaper turnaround on content. Concerned parties even claim that this new technology will spell the end of the freelance writer, as LLM’s snatch up opportunities from them left and right.
There is hope, however, for us creatives. We can argue that ChatGPT will not pose a long-term threat and won’t replace writers in areas of critical thinking (e.g. legal, medical, or technical writing). There are several serious limitations to OpenAI’s API, as written by the Journal of International Affairs “OpenAI’s ChatGPT and the Prospect of Limitless Information”, such as the fact the language model was likely trained on misinformation and from sources of dubious quality. For as many articles as there are of ChatGPT’s potential, there are an equal number of stories and articles of ChatGPT producing content that is factually incorrect and potentially harmful for users.
ChatGPT is also limited to learning from existing content and information on the internet. It cannot report on or write on events that have only recently occurred or have yet to happen, so journalists and investigative reporters can take solace knowing that they will always be valuable for their sleuthing and ability to ask the write questions when the need arises. Protected information on internal systems not tied to the internet will always be of value as well, so medical writers and specialized technical writers will continue to find work for their scribing and literary know-how.
Writers most in danger of losing work to the API are likely being taken advantage of in content mills of questionable quality. Now is a good time to expand existing knowledge and develop literary skill sets that a robot cannot replicate, and start producing words of value instead of the sixteenth listicle on why the Mediterranean diet will improve your life. Let’s seize those opportunities to become truly professional wordsmiths.
Let’s start a conversation below. Comment on how you have elevated your work with wordsmithing as opposed to the other way around. Provide ideas for those new to the industry and the craft on how they can level-up their careers with writing.
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What We’re Reading This Week
Discord Starts Testing ChatGPT-Powered Clyde Chatbot and Other AI Features
I mentioned Discord earlier as it was the source of inspiration behind this week’s newsletter. Discord has recently announced that it is releasing a ChatGPT powered bot in select servers soon to beta-test the software.
More than a few people are concerned about the potential privacy issues this may cause, and a few communities are posting how-to guides on how to disable the feature in a server.
Twitter Descends Into Chaos as News Outlets and Brands Lose Verification
Did anyone else debate paying the inflated price for Twitter’s little blue checkmark? Elon Musk has been trying hard to recoup the losses he’s suffered so far from the Twitter buyout, and now different brands and organizations lose that little checkmark we’re paying $10+ a month for.
For as much Musk touts about being an opponent against fake news and internet obscurity, one would think Twitter would get the one thing of value this little check mark represents down and right. Looks like we’re back to sorting through gray media through news aggregates on our own again (if we weren’t doing so already).
WGA Members Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize a Strike if No Deal by May 1st
Hollywood has been facing its own issues lately from within. As a few may know, the Writer’s Guild of America has recently threatened to go on strike if no agreements can be settled for a fair deal on film or TV contracts soon.
Bargaining has been underway since March 20th of this year, and will kick into high gear soon. Here’s to hoping the WGA can win a meaningful contract by then, as this would reinforce the value of human writers across America, especially screenwriters and content creators.
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