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Can AI Replace Professional Writers?

Let’s do a quick experiment.

Read the next paragraph and leave a comment below about what you think about it.

"You're worried AI (artificial intelligence) will take over your writing job? You shouldn't be. AI can only do so much, but it can never replace human creativity, emotions, and passion. A lot of what we have to celebrate about this technology is that the industry as a whole has come together with developers across genres like comic books & animation, graphic novels (with their amazing creative folks), gaming (my favorite game company in history). And here's something important; nobody was pushing each other all along! When people talk about "creative" vs computer-generated imagery they don´t think how useful or valuable those two words are at creating new art forms for themselves, nor should they when talking specifically on whether these products could help us create better films... What made me cry into my coffee just now - oh yes I need it!"

I sure needed a second cup of coffee after reading this.

This is written by Zyro, the AI content generator.

As you can see, Zyro didn’t do the best job at finishing a paragraph with a few sentences given.

Of course, Zyro is not the #1 AI software, but it can be a good enough indicator of the quality of the work of AI. And yet, in the last few years, we constantly run to news that AI is coming to take the jobs of professional writers.

Is there some truth to it or not?

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How Big Of A Deal Is AI In The Writing Industry?

You can’t deny the fact that AI is now a part of many aspects of our lives.

Do you use Grammarly? Do you unlock your phone with a face ID?

How about Siri or Alexa, have you been using them lately?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, you’ve been witnessing the benefits of AI daily.

And that’s not a bad thing at all.

The global market value of AI is predicted to reach $190 billion by the age of 2025.

If you neglect the impact AI may have on our lives, you’ll make things harder for you, regardless if you’re an individual, a small business owner, or a corporate CEO.

However, when it comes to the writing industry, things are a bit different.

The question of whether AI can replace professional writers has been going on for quite some time. 2016 was the year when a lot of things happened in the writing industry related to the power of AI. First, The Washington Post announced that they would use AI software to help them cover news about the Olympic Games in Rio.

When you think about it, robots that are publishing sports-related news are not at all a bad idea. Especially if it’s such a big event like the Olympics when during one hour, multiple events take place. Humans can’t possibly type or create sports news as fast as robots. Even though many websites such as Brybe Marketplace offer the services of professional writers for affordable prices, robots are just better in some areas than humans.

But, the executives and editors at TWP didn’t leave the robot at this one. In 2017, Heliograf managed to write up to 850 articles, and in 2018, this bot won first place at the 2018 Global BIGGIES Awards in the category of “Excellence in Use of Bots.

The second event that happened in 2016 was almost mind-blowing. A Japanese AI program was the co-author of a short novel that almost won a literary prize. The novel was called “The Day A Computer Writes A Novel” and although it didn’t win any awards, it passed the initial round of screening, which is a fact not to be underestimated.

All of these events point out one thing - AI is becoming a big part of the writing process.

But is there something to be worried about?

Not really and here’s why.

The Things AI Can’t Replace

If you’re a writer, it’s normal to feel anxious when reading news like this.

Should writers just quit? Not at all.

AI runs on NLP - Natural Language Processing and NLG - Natural Language Generation, two modern technologies that enable any AI program to create a writing narrative.

Is that enough to create writing worth reading?

Not really?

Here are three reasons why AI will never replace writers entirely.

Creativity

Artificial intelligence works with a given data that can be transformed into a written format such as an article or a short novel. However, if you read anything written by an AI program, you’ll notice that something’s missing.

That something it’s creativity. Every AI program has a limited amount of words they can use, and that’s why everything written from them seems… Robotic.

Human creativity goes a long way, and that can’t be put into any kind of program.

Empathy

There are many things robots can do but identifying with human emotions and feelings is not one of them. Engineers and scientists still haven’t figured out a way to code human emotions into a machine and may never find out.

Skilled writers go with their emotions, know how to present every experience so that the readers can understand and engage with their thoughts. That’s why robots will never fully understand the human experience that comes with writing.

Affordability

Last, but not least: artificial intelligence is not cheap. It is quite expensive - to build, to launch, to use it, to manage it, all of that. You need a team of professional developers, data scientists, engineers to build good artificial intelligence software, and a lot of patience.

All of this takes time and money, so just before you quit on your writing talent, remember that you aren’t as easily replaceable as you may think.

What’s Next For You Writers?

If you’re a creative writer, you have nothing to worry about. In fact, you need to upgrade your current skills and think of all the ways you can benefit from using AI in your work.

You shouldn’t see AI as a threat but rather as an asset. You’ll see that you’ll be able to get so much done in less time with artificial intelligence by your side.

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