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Will writing be done by machine in the future?

I hope not. What a boring read that will be.

In this Washington Post article they talk about how their beginning Artificial Intelligence will provide updates to Twitter.

Calling this “Artificial Intelligence” is a stretch. They are summarizing things that can easily be compared with templates. This is just cut and paste at this point. Writing means that the writer have a point of view, and spitting out facts does not make a point of view.

Will writing be done by machine in the future?I have met writers and the best ones do more than relay facts. They show insight, humor and a breath of qualities that people still care about. I think in the future people will tire of clickbait and want to return to intelligently written things. At least that is my hope anyway.

When we outsource every job to the Machine, we give up far more than we think. It isn’t wrong to experiment with this. I like that we are trying things with Artificial Intelligence, but we are applying them to the wrong problems.

I watched a NHK documentary in which AI was working to analyze cancer and suggested helpful treatments. This of course is the life saving applications it should be going. Making our cutting edge things apply to entertainment is a strange way of applying technology.

AI would be ideal for those who are limited intellectually, as a safeguard for children, as a way to rehabilitate adults on drugs and other disorders. Imagine how much good a robot can do that would uplift and support humanity, rather than destroy things like we imagine in movies. I would love a robot that cooks, cleans and helps find things that will improve my life. We all need that kind of advocate.

If writing is done by machines in the future, the perhaps this means we value laziness more than experience. I hope we never get to that point as a species. We need human warmth to be fulfilled.

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