Who is writing this anyway?

As technology rapidly advances, so does the role of robots in our lives. The same goes for writing, where robots are becoming increasingly useful in helping writers craft compelling stories and content. Robot writers can help writers save time and energy by automating mundane tasks such as researching, fact-checking, and editing. They can also provide insights into the reader’s preferences and help writers create content that is tailored to their needs. Robot writers are expected to become an integral part of the writing process in the future, allowing human copywriters to focus on what they do best – creativity and storytelling.

Not your style? What about this? With the advancement of technology, robot writers are becoming increasingly popular in the writing world. They are not only capable of producing content faster, but also more accurate and reliable than human writers. The use cases for robot writers range from producing copy for websites to creating articles and blog posts. In the near future, robot writers will be able to generate content that is tailored to a specific audience and even create unique stories that capture readers’ attention. So, if you’re a copywriter or content writer looking to stay ahead of the competition, it’s time to get familiar with this new technology!

Yes, you guessed right. The above two paragraphs were written by a robot, not moi. All I did was type in a few keywords, choose a style, and presto! My paragraph was done. Amazing! Wait a minute, did I just call robot writing amazing? I sure did. It is amazing that a robot app can write something for you that sounds like you, in no time at all. It’s also scary as hell.

I’m not a huge fan of technology, although I do accept that it is necessary and sometimes downright cool. If I can send a text or message on my phone and get my laptop to run a spell and grammar checker, I’m good. I’m constantly awe struck at the things I accidentally discover my iPhone can do, and some of the apps that are created really blow my mind. But a robot writer? Go figure. Even though we’re not talking about Get Smart’s Hymie the Robot, we are still talking about something buried deep inside my laptop that can think for me.

When I look back a few decades, it is pretty amazing the impact technology has had on our lives. Now that I am retired, I find that I am not paying as much interest in technology advances as I once did. Sure, I can use google to figure out most things that stump me, but I have lost the patience required to bother. I will admit it, I do rely on my kids a lot as they are much more in tune with technology. Face it, out children grew up in a very rapidly changing world, so they take things more in stride. They also have that knowledge foundation that we sixty-something-year old’s don’t. I do agree that it is important to at least try to keep up with some of the day-to-day technology, such as your phone, your laptop, your iPad, etc. It is good brain exercise, and besides, with those updates some of those cool games just won’t work!

Now, AI, or Artificial Intelligence, is something I just don’t comprehend, and it was only recently that I read about robot writers. What is a robot writer? Well, it’s an app that will write for you. Say what? Algorithms study the millions of words and sentences used by humans. That information is then put together and converted from human language to computer commands. Then that information is used to put together the text. All this happens very fast and in a multitude of writing styles. Some of the bot apps can even write things in such a way that plagiarism is not an issue. The fact that AI can write in any style you choose makes it very difficult to tell who is writing something. It makes it hard to question or doubt what you are reading because it becomes so believable. To top it off, AI can write for a variety of platforms, such as social media, ads, websites, metadata, and simple emails or reports. But remember, AI does not understand what it is writing. (Sometimes I don’t either.)

It’s 2023. Robot writers shouldn’t come as a surprise to us. For years, we have been dealing with robots or automated choices on the other end of the phone. We “chat” online with a robot for basic customer service questions. The problem is, as I see it, that when you are talking to a robot, it is easy enough to recognize the monotone, syllable-by-syllable voice. But it’s not so easy to tell if you are reading something written by a robot. Did you know that some of the larger newspapers have been utilizing robot writers for a few years? Yep. They have been called upon to write some of the more mundane pieces or even first drafts so that their prize-winning journalists have more time to really source out a story. That brings up a good question: Do we even need to know? Should those who use robot writers be mandated to give the robot a byline? And should robot writers be allowed to write everything and anything? I mean, it’s one thing if it’s for a simple email providing basic information. But if it is an essay written for school or a work to be published, is it ethical to use something not written by a human? Who gets credit for a piece of writing? And if we use a piece of robot-generated material for research, who gets cited? Who is liable for the work, and how can that work be verified? Are we moving towards being a society that believes everything and anything—no evidence required?

Yes, technology is moving fast and changing the way we do things, the way we work, and the way we think. There are many robot writer apps available right now, and as this technology progresses, more will become available with even more capabilities. I mean, they can even write in other languages! This will create another possible issue, that of cost. Does this mean that wealthier people will continue to have more access to better jobs, better education, and better opportunities just because they can afford a better robot writer? And since we tend to believe the things we read more than what we see or hear, we need to develop ways to ethically deal with robot writers so we don’t fall victim to falsehoods or the whims of a chosen few. That’s what scares me the most. Shades of I Am Legend.

Robot writers do have the potential to revolutionize the way creative writing, reporting, and storytelling are carried out. They provide a cost-effective method of communication and can carry out research and fact-checking at alarming speeds. Will robot-writing apps replace humans in the same way that self-checkouts and self-serve pumps at gas stations have done? I don’t know.

How do you feel about robot writers? Will I ever use the service? Hmmm. Only time will tell. Just in case, I’ve bookmarked the app. (Actually, there are many different apps, so take your pick!)

Interesting Reads & Things

Inside the weirdly competitive industry of robots writing letters in h (fastcompany.com)

Staying Current with Technology Is Essential – For Many More Reasons than We May Realize | Sixty and Me

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Plagiarism | Turnitin

Pros and Cons (and Ethics) of Using AI Content Tools for Writing – Author/Writer Jeremy Bursey

Can you write better than a robot? – YouTube

How will AI change the world? – YouTube

Can we build AI without losing control over it? | Sam Harris – YouTube

Robot Writers AI Song – YouTube

 Robot Ghostwriters: Should You Use AI Writing Assistants? | The Heidi Thorne Show | Episode 259 – YouTube


One thought on “Who is writing this anyway?

  1. Howdy. Even though it’s been around in various ways for quite a few years, it seems like all of a sudden AI has been in the news a LOT. It’s going to change the world dramatically. There’s no holding it back. And regulating it will be a tricky and erratic process.


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