The KGUA studios in Gualala, Calif. Mark Sanford Gross A show on a community radio station in California is using artificial intelligence to give fiction writers a creative boost. Since its launch in 2020, KGUA Writers on KGUA in Gualala, Calif., has encouraged community members to submit pieces of creative writing, whether they're experienced or beginners. Each episode, hosts give writing prompts to inspire submissions that they'll read on the show's next installment. Mark Sanford Gross, creator and co-host of KGUA Writers , said he came up with the idea for the show during the coronavirus pandemic when he observed a lack of community amid lockdowns. “We have to have the radio station reaching out to the community,” Gross told Current. “It's a public radio station. And we can get people onto the radio hearing and feeling accountable because everybody's fighting depression [and] fear. So if they can connect with each other and have something to be accountable for, I think we can do something.” The growing popularity of AI programs inspired Gross to introduce a new experiment into the mix. Instead of responding to prompts, listeners are submitting their own. Gross then feeds them into ChatGPT, the AI chatbot. The exercise allows people who don't think they're good writers to hear what their ideas sound like as short stories, Gross said. “It's all about blending the creativity and having someone help you kickstart,” he said. “Everybody that says ‘I can't write, I'm not good enough. I have a […]
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