We're in for a strange ride. Well, that was quick. In a very unfortunate turn of events, there: Already appears to be an AI-generated Substack blog. That blog, The Rationalist , is already word-for-word plagiarizing human-made work. That plagiarized work was shared by another platform, amassing views and sparking conversation. There's seemingly very little means of recourse , if any, for the human writer whose work was ripped off — and approximately zero hope that this extremely frustrating and otherwise damaging scenario will be prevented from happening again. (And again and again and again.) “Over the weekend, a new Substack called The Rationalist lifted analysis and writing directly from Big Technology ,” tech journalist — and plagiarized party — Alex Kantrowitz wrote in an explanatory Substack post of his own. “It would've been a terrific debut for any publication, if it was authentic.” Indeed, to Kantrowitz's point, the success of The Rationalist's post was impressive. It ended up on Hacker News , a well-read site with an engaged readership , and even garnered substantial discourse there. But again, as Kantrowitz very clearly lays out , the article was a blatant copy of his own, in terms of specific sentences as well as overall message and structure. And though Substack promised to investigate the ordeal, there appear to be a number of bright red flags — the Rationalist's writer goes only by the single name “PETRA,” while the writing itself was repetitive and rarely linked to sources. “The […]
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