Thursday, July 13, 2023

AI-What Does It Portend for Writers? blog post #609

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 Something a little different this week. I’m coordinating my blog of today—June 13—with that of my Okie writer friend Mark Widyr’s post of June 20.

 An explanation: A mutual writer friend (a good one, by the way—good friend and good writer) recently set off a discussion among our author friends by wondering how AI is—and will—affect the writing community. In pursuit of this, she asked an AI site to write a story about a post-apocalyptic world and a video that went viral in the style of William Faulkner.

 Mark’s post of June 20 will give the identical story generated by the same unnamed AI site written in the style of Ernest Hemmingway. His blogsite is Check it out on the 20th.

  The story the computer generated follows. Please, please, please, I want your feedback on this.



In the desolate wasteland of a post-apocalyptic world, where hope seemed as scarce as water, there existed a curious relic from a bygone era—a video, haunting in its beauty and resonance, that captivated the hearts of the survivors. Its origins were as mysterious as the cataclysm that had befallen humanity, shrouded in the depths of forgotten cyberspace. The video spoke of a forgotten past, a glimpse into a world that had once thrived, a testament to the fragile nature of existence.

 Word of the video spread like wildfire among the survivors, each story more grandiose than the last. Tales of its profound impact on those who watched it carried on the wind, whispered in the hushed conversations of desperate souls. The video became a beacon of light amidst the pervasive darkness—a testament to the indomitable spirit of humanity.

 They spoke of a woman, whose ethereal presence graced the screen, her voice a haunting melody that resonated deep within the recesses of the viewers' souls. She danced through abandoned streets, her movements a testament to the boundless joy that once coursed through the veins of the living. The people, hardened by loss and despair, found solace in her delicate steps and radiant smile. Her very essence breathed life into their hardened hearts, even if only for a fleeting moment.

 The video, accompanied by a hauntingly beautiful melody, transported the viewers to a time long past—a world where laughter echoed through bustling city streets, and children played without fear. It painted a vivid picture of what had been lost, a tapestry of emotions woven with fragments of memories. And yet, there was a bittersweet quality to the video, for it served as a poignant reminder of what could never be reclaimed.

 Rumors circulated about the video's origins. Some believed it to be a creation of divine intervention, a gift from a higher power in an attempt to heal the shattered remnants of humanity. Others speculated that it was the work of a masterful artist, whose talent transcended the boundaries of time and space. The truth, however, remained elusive, and the video's mystery only deepened as it continued to captivate the weary souls of the wasteland.

 As the video spread, its influence began to transcend the boundaries of the survivors' shattered existence. The video became a symbol of hope, a rallying cry for those who dared to dream of a brighter future. It galvanized communities, uniting them under a shared vision of resilience and survival. The very act of watching the video became a communal experience, a thread connecting the scattered remnants of humanity in a tapestry of shared emotion.

 And so, as the world teetered on the edge of oblivion, the video endured—a testament to the indomitable spirit of the human race. It spoke to the depths of their souls, reminding them of the beauty that once was and igniting a flicker of hope within their hearts. In the face of unimaginable darkness, the video whispered a promise—a promise that one day, against all odds, life would flourish once more, and the echoes of the past would guide humanity towards a new dawn.


The impact of AI on our lives has already begun to evidence itself. Some applications promise tremendous benefits for the human race, others might be viewed as risks. Some of my friends who have read these stories feel they have no soul, no feeling to them and point out that were Faulkner and Hemmingway never written, the computer could not imitate their style. To me, that’s little consolation. Unlettered individuals can now create stories that are at least readable without the skills to do so. Merely punch a few buttons on a computer, and there’s a story.

 Furthermore, that is the state of AI in it’s (relative) infancy. What will it be able to do in it’s teens? Adulthood? Zounds and gadzooks! I hesitate to even think such thoughts.

 Please let me know what you think.

Stay safe and stay strong.

Now my mantra: Keep on reading and keep on writing. You have something to say… so say it!

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