Are our days numbered as writers? Will Artificial Intelligence write all the articles and literary works of the future? There is a very good chance that the answer to this question is; Yes! Indeed if you are a Freelance writer and this is how you make your money. But what about the advanced skills that come from years of experiences? Will computers be able to produce content anyone actually engages with? How far off do you think this is?
Yes, someday, probably within 5-7 years, right now ChatBots are getting better and more widely used, easily breaking the Turing Test. Facebook’s AI program, Carnegie Mellon and Google X-Labs are all working on the AI writers along with IARPA and others such as MIT, where they are working on novel writing too, by taking every character name, and, and every potential plot all the psychological profiles of every character ever created, and then compiling and using derivative software (albeit, much better than today’s stuff). These pieces will be pleasing to human readers and as humans rate them the machine learning system will adapt to tastes by percentage of likes, developing niche categories.
Think of a 10-page short story, you could pen one with Voice Software in a day, and an AI computer could do 10 per minute – kind of overwhelming.
The Think Tank is working on such things, not to put anyone out of business, but rather so the people who have access to such things are actual writers so they don’t gum up the system, as Content Writers with crappy content have – when Google axed them on the Penguin Algorithm fix – that helped then, but these AI derivative systems are getting better all the time – it’s still going to be a while, but not as long as most writers think – we are an arrogant bunch. We think we can never be replaced, that we are so brilliant and so creative that a machine could never do what we do. Wrong!
You see, any linguist or human brain expert will tell you that our brains are hardwired for human language and our writing comes with rules. Rules can be programmed fairly easily, proof of this would be grammar checkers, today there are a few really good ones, though they haven’t replaced top-notched editors yet, but they will – same analogy goes for writers – the years are numbered.