What ChatGPT Means to the Writing Industry

Brian Matthew

OpenAI's release of its AI writing tool, ChatGPT, has sparked attention on AI writing tools. ChatGPT can generate written works, including reports, stories, scripts, and articles, based on user requests. The tool performed at a C+ grade level on average in four law courses at the University of Minnesota and a B or B+ level at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business.

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Not only that, but it's being leveraged by mainstream media outlets like Buzzfeed, Cnet, and Men's Journal.

ChatGPT is one of many AI writing tools that have been developed in recent years. Other popular AI writing tools include ArticleForge and Bard, Google's entry into the fray. These AI writing tools all work in a similar way, generating text based on a user's prompts. While these tools are still in their infancy, they are improving rapidly and becoming more sophisticated with each iteration.

Not only that, ChatGPT broke records by becoming the fastest app ever to reach both one million and 100 million monthly active users.

There is much debate in the writing industry about whether these AI writing tools will eventually replace human writers. While some experts are concerned that AI writing tools will make human writers obsolete, many others believe that these tools will simply become a valuable aid to writers, rather than a replacement.

One of the main advantages of using AI writing tools is that they can save writers a significant amount of time. For example, a chatbot can generate an outline for a written piece based on the subject matter. The writer can then look through the generated subtopics to pick and choose what they would like to include in their work and add anything that might be missing. Sometimes the ideas generated by the chatbot will spark new ideas, and using a chatbot in this way can streamline the process and save time for the writer.

However, there are also potential drawbacks to using AI writing tools. One major concern is that they can and do make mistakes.

Alphabet stock lost $100 billion in market value earlier this month after it included a factual error about the James Webb telescope in its launch materials. Meanwhile, both Cnet and Men's Journal caught heat from their peers for publishing incorrect information.

Any information presented by a chatbot must be fact-checked to ensure accuracy. There is also the concern that AI writing tools could lead to a decline in the quality of writing, as writers become too reliant on these tools and stop developing their own skills.

AI writing tools are still in the early stages of development and it remains to be seen how they will impact the writing industry in the long term. While they may offer some benefits, such as saving time and streamlining the writing process, they are unlikely to replace human writers altogether. Instead, they are more likely to become a valuable aid to writers, helping them to produce high-quality content more efficiently.

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