Friend or Foe: Will Generative AI Replace Human Writers?

Friend or Foe: Will Generative AI Replace Human Writers?

Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) dominates the news nowadays. 

Thanks to large language models (LLM) like ChatGPT, generating articles, books, and novels on any given topic is just a few clicks away. 

But with this innovation comes a burning question.

Will generative AI replace human writers?

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AI rendering of Mark Twain

Read on to learn both sides of the coin.


What is ChatGPT really?

It’s worthwhile to gain a basic understanding of what ChatGPT really is.

Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer (GPT), passionately known as ChatGPT, is a type of artificial intelligence that creates new content based on what it has learned from existing content, up till September 2021 (as of GPT version 4).

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It’s an AI chatbot that generates coherent human-like responses to text-based prompts using statistical models and algorithms.

With that out of the way, let’s dig into strengths and weaknesses of AI writing.


Where is AI Winning and Losing?

Imagine meeting a new friend named Chad at a cocktail party. 

He is an avid reader and has read the entire internet numerous times. 

He makes educated guesses to complete your sentences based on just a few words you utter.

With Chad’s encounter still fresh on your mind, let’s psychoanalyze the strengths and weaknesses of Chad, I mean generative AI.

 Know thyself, know thy enemy. A thousand battles, a thousand victories.
~ Sun Tzu


Strengths of AI Writing 


💡 Idea Generation: Think of generative AI as your personal muse. It sifts through mountains of data to spark fresh ideas for your writing journey.


🚀 Writing Assistance: Generative AI acts like a faithful pen pal, suggesting the next sentence to make writing feel like a creative dance.


👩‍🏫 Automated Editing: Imagine generative AI as a diligent editor who never sleeps, spotting and fixing any slip-ups in your work.


Weaknesses of AI Writing


💼 Legal Documents: Errors here could lead to serious consequences. This high-stake realm necessitates precision and a deep understanding that generative AI might not fully comprehend (yet).


👨‍⚕️ Sensitive Topics: Handling sensitive topics is like threading a needle. A miss-step can inflict emotional harm, fuel harmful stereotypes, or ignite controversy—a responsibility not to be taken lightly.


🗞️ News Reporting: News is our societal compass. When it's skewed with misinformation, it can lead us astray, causing harmful real-world impacts.


🎨 Creating Poetry and Prose: The subtle artistry required often proves challenging for AI to master, making its strokes a touch less profound.


Where Human Perspectives Uniquely Shine

Sure, generative AI can write content. 

But can it wield the power to evoke emotional connections and stir even the sturdiest of hearts?

The current technologies aren’t 100% there.

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Human writers have a unique gift. 

You can use emotional language to create stories that deeply resonate with people. 

You can make people laugh, angry, cry, and think. You can transport them to another world.

So, while AI may possess the power to craft content, it cannot yet replicate the soulful brilliance that emanates from skilled human writers. 

At least not yet. 

Writers who can forge genuine emotional connections will always be in demand, even in an AI-dominated content industry.

Having said that, will generative AI accelerate writing? Absolutely!


Future-Proofing Your Writing Career with AI

Don’t get me wrong - AI not being able to replace human writers doesn’t mean you can’t use it to your advantage. 

In fact, it’s the opposite - it is your friend!

AI can assist you with tasks like analyzing data, researching, fact-checking, and optimizing content. 

It can also help you research different points of view, brainstorm book content outlines, summarize or repurpose articles, and write proposals for your projects.


AI Rendering of DeLorean time machine (Back to the Future)

How do you utilize AI to future-proof your career? Consider the tips below:

  • Automate mundane tasks: AI can handle repetitive tasks so you can focus on the creative aspects of writing.
  • Generate new ideas: AI can help create fresh and innovative content when your creative well runs dry.
  • Improve content quality: AI can identify errors and improve the clarity and conciseness of your writing so you can produce higher-quality content.


    As the ever-evolving AI technology paves the way for an exciting era of AI-powered content, one undeniable fact persists.

    AI can assist you in writing, but it cannot ignite the writer's flame within you. 

    That extraordinary power rests solely in your hands. 

    So, grab your pen and let the brilliance of your creative spirit illuminate the world!

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    Kenneth Lo is a seasoned technology leader with expertise in AI and Fintech. Author of Unlocking ChatGPT. Fitness data fanatic. Former track cycling world champ. Subscribe to his newsletter to keep learning.

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