Watching AI Like Everyone Else…
And getting a ton of questions about the different aspects of AI as it applies to writing and the Indie world of publishing. So let me give you my opinions on the three areas right now here in February 2023.
This will date quickly I am sure. So if you read this six months from now, I hope to do another update about then.
It is here, pretty amazingly good, and getting better by the day. And numbers of companies are jumping on board (I know of at least three major.) As always, read the terms of service.
I see no reason not to use AI audio for nonfiction and carefully at this point for fiction. But it is here and viable and getting better by the second. Worth exploring in my opinion and will save all of us a ton of time and money.
Extreme caution at the moment until the copyright issues for artists get cleared out of court. I know you are all in a hurry, but don’t steal from other artists, folks. Wait until things clear (which they will). I do not need any of you telling me legal excuses of why you can use it or not. I follow all the court cases and know what I am reading, since I have three years of law school and I understand copyright better than most of you combined.
Just take a deep breath and hold off until the artists can settle and get a tiny piece of the action. Then it will be a wonderful new addition to indie publishing.
AI Writing and Research…
Too stupid for words and too dangerous and wow are you a lazy bastard if you can’t write your own fiction. Read Neil Clarke’s blog at Clarke’s World on how he is banning writers from submitting who use AI.
Again, I have been given two different demonstrations and they did not change my opinion. I just shuddered is all. Using AI writing tools to create fiction is a form of stealing from all the writers’ stories who helped train those programs. And plagiarism programs can spot that pretty quickly.
Also numbers of new programs and tools are quickly coming into being, such as Originality, that can easily check for AI or plagiarism in any manuscript submitted to a magazine.
My opinion. Learn how to write fiction on your own, avoid any AI writing tool for any type of writing.
So three areas AI is impacting the indie publishing world. My opinions are:
- Audio (fantastic, go for it)
- Art (not yet but soon)
- AI Writing (Too stupid for words, very dangerous, and will never have any value in fiction.)