Authors of different genres react to the AI threat.

Authors of different genres react to the AI threat.

Firstly, I promise this is not one of those articles that begins with “I put a prompt into ChatGPT and this is what it generated.” This post is written 100% by me, a tired lady with an itchy head who is on her second coffee of the new day. It will cover the question of how scared should we be that computer learning will render us superfluous to the making of art? Authors have been ~engaging~ with the question a lot of late. The Magicians Lev Grossman (who is married to a fellow Aussie, oi oi) tweeted over the weekend that “It's hard for me to envision a scenario where on our present course AI hasn't captured the lion's share of the literary marketplace in 10-15 years.” Reacting to an ad for AI-assisted - software, author Cass Morris wrote, with the succinctness of a poet, “AbsoFUCKINGlutely not, get the FUCK outta my house.” Last year, Stephen King provided some prompts to an AI art bot and was not displeased with the resulting picture of Pennywise on a bike. @horse_ebooks has been making stuff up for years, and we're still here, but it is interesting to note that the perceived threat posed by AI differs by genre, especially as the tech evolves. The fantasy crowd is flapping their robes more so than the Everlane-clad Sally Rooney types at this moment in time. For my part, AI does not have a head and therefore cannot itch, cannot compose blog […]

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