Lately, I've been getting this question a lot: As a screenwriter, am I worried about the increasing use of artificial intelligence in the entertainment business? Will AI put writers out of work? I have two answers to this question. The first one is a little flippant. “No,” I say. “I'm not worried. Intelligence in Hollywood has always been artificial, and we've managed to make nice livings anyway.” SENATE AIMS TO NAVIGATE CONFLICT BETWEEN COPYRIGHT AND TRAINING AI The second answer is a little more nuanced. The key to any successful artificial intelligence contraption is the dataset. A computer only knows what it's allowed to know. When ChatGPT was launched, for instance, its computer brain had a limited awareness of the world. It was only taught about events that occurred before 2021, which meant that a lot of the weirdness of the past three years — COVID-19 vaccines, Elon Musk , Harry and Meghan , the midterm elections , Squid Game , that sort of thing — were totally absent from its memory banks. And while that may be a desirable state of mind when it comes to people — personally, I'd love to erase the past three years from my memory banks; hell, the past five years would be even better — when you're talking about an automatic robot brain that's supposed to know everything, that's not so great. Of course, some AI setups don't have this specific limitation, but all of them are reliant on a dataset to function. And while the ChatGPT dataset may be too small for now, eventually, every AI application will have limitless access to … everything. And that's why I'm fairly sanguine about AI's effect on my writing career. AI simply knows too much. And it has read too much. It will soon have access to everything ever written or documented, and I think we can all agree that everything ever written or documented is a fatally flawed dataset to use because most of those things are really terrible. It's a simple case of garbage in, garbage out. Throughout history, most novels have […]
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