Because I'm a writer, people are always asking me if I'm nervous about artificial intelligence or AI.
I've been thinking - and talking - about this a lot recently, especially because I've been having so much fun with the Lensa AI app (pictured below).
In short, I'm not nervous about AI.
Rather, I think it is going to become an art form in and of itself.
Yes, it is going to make my life more challenging as a writer. In some ways, it already has.
Nevertheless, I believe we will continue to rely on humans for human art, particularly writing. I think voice and style will become even more important for all artists. And I know artists are going to be able to do some really cool things using AI as a tool.
How AI in Writing Has Affected My Work
One of my clients recently had to pause assignments because some of their writers were turning in artificially written content.
While this pause interrupted my work, it was ultimately more assurance that clients like mine want written work produced by human beings.
Now, I also know how much this client, in particular, appreciates my content.
I will continue creating original work for all my clients. I do not plan on using AI (outside of Grammarly) until it becomes an industry-standard tool.
The Importance of Style and Voice
Style and voice are crucial in all kinds of writing.
I spend a lot of time learning my client's brand voices and getting familiar with the styles that work best for them.
In creative writing, style and voice are what make me unique. Anyone, including AI, can write a story about a tree, for instance, but AI will never have lived experience.
AI may be able to describe what something smells or tastes like, but it will never be able to smell or taste it.
In writing, magic happens when a description lets us know that the author has felt something, and when we get a chance to feel it, too.
AI can create a lot, but it can never replace the unique gifts that human beings have to offer.
If it ever can, we have bigger things to worry about (i.e., the robot apocalypse).
Artificial Intelligence in Art and Writing
Everyone seems to be having a great deal of fun with the Lensa AI app, and I am no exception. Some of the people I know from college have been working and playing with AI for a long time.
While Lensa can produce some cool pieces, it also misses crucial details that a real artist might not. Again, people are drawn to style, and an individual artist's style is hard to replace.
Think about it: even prints of the Mona Lisa don't capture the experience of seeing it in the Louvre.
Outside of Lensa, MyHeritage, Midjourney, and other AI art platforms, chatbots have already proved themselves as an amazing tool for artists.
For example, creative coder Michelle Huang has a viral tweet about training an AI chatbot with her childhood journal entries, so she could speak to her younger self:
The insights Huang comes up with are nothing short of amazing, and this is one of my favorite examples of how AI can be used as a tool for art - and as an art form itself.
I look forward to seeing how multimedia artists use AI in their work, as well as the interesting ideas that AI will bring to life.
At the end of the day, AI doesn't work without our input... yet.
And in the meantime, I'm going to keep having fun with Lensa AI and other tools that come my way while continuing to create original fiction, poetry, and professional projects.
If you'd like to work together, please visit my services and pricing page and send me an email at loganrosereadsandwrites at gmail dot com.
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