We are in an exciting era of technological advancement, where artificial intelligence (AI) is taking over more and more tasks previously performed by humans. And one area where AI is becoming increasingly influential is the world of writing and reading.
Meanwhile, AIs like OpenAI’s GPT-4 can create texts so convincing that it is sometimes hard to believe they were not written by a human. This ranges from news articles to emails, social media posts and nowadays books. But what does this mean for us, the readers?
Frankly, it changes the rules of the game. Knowing that what we read was produced by a machine can change our relationship with that text. It can make us feel like something is missing – the human connection, the emotion, the real experiences. It also affects all sorts of things in business. Quotations are generated, ideas are artificially written out, entire marketing strategies are devised, and this is not all. Do copywriters remain, copywriters? Or will they be AI experts? Again, the possibilities are endless.
And there is another aspect to consider. If AIs do more and more reading and writing work for us, it may make us “lazy.” We may become less motivated to maintain and further develop our own reading and writing skills.
AI in the future
So where are we going? The answer is not simple. It is clear that AI offers us incredible possibilities, but we must also consider the potential implications for our relationship with text and reading.
We need to ask ourselves the question: what do we really want from our texts and our reading experience? Do we want efficiency and cost savings, or do we want deep, meaningful interactions that sharpen our thinking skills, creativity and empathy?
This is the challenge for the writers of the future. And for all of us, as we continue to navigate this new landscape of AI-driven content creation, it is our responsibility to strike a balance between embracing the benefits of technology and nurturing our human skills and values. Let’s use this opportunity to shape together a future where technology and humanity go hand in hand – If this is still possible.