Blindly adopting AI without understanding its impact can lead to potential risks and constraints in crafting content. Don't let your concerns go unanswered. Gain a deeper understanding of the ethical and legal considerations surrounding artificial intelligence in publishing to navigate this changing landscape effectively.
How will AI impact the publishing industry? There's so much fear around how AI will impact authors and publishers. Alesha Brown and Alexa Bigwarfe dig into this topic to discuss the pros and cons of AI in a rapidly changing publishing world.
AI can only pull information that's already out there, so using it to write books may result in plagiarism of ideas and sentences. It also poses challenges when it comes to proper sourcing and documentation in nonfiction books. – Alesha Brown
In this episode, we discuss:
- Scribe Media shutting down – amongst rumors that it is killing the Ghostwriting industry
- The fear around artificial intelligence
- Authors Guild – taking a position against AI (Not part of the Author's Guild? They are the premier organization for supporting and protecting Authors. Save $20 on your membership here.)
- Copyright protections for AI – see the guidance and information put out on AI and copyrights by the copyright office
- The challenge of proper citation when you're using tools like ChatGPT
- The dangers of getting advice from people who claim to be “experts” in the industry
- As publishers – how do we even know if we've received a book written by AI? – There's software like plagiarism software – but it gets quickly outdated
- Artificial Intelligence is here now and we have to deal with it; can't hide from it
Risks and Constraints of AI-Crafted Content
While tools like ChatGPT can effectively generate blog posts and social media content, depending on it for a book's entire content comes with certain risks. There are inherent limitations with AI-generated content, such as the potential for spreading incorrect information in non-fiction books. Professionals need to evaluate this content thoroughly and verify its accuracy, whilst maintaining an emphasis on the irreplaceable value of human creativity and writing expertise.
- Learn about the current influence of artificial intelligence on the publishing landscape.
- Learn about the potential risks and constraints of AI-crafted content.
- Understand how to adapt and thrive in a publishing environment increasingly dominated by AI-generated content.
00:03:30 – The Changing Landscape of AI,
Alesha explains that artificial intelligence is constantly evolving, making it difficult to keep up with the changes. She shares an example of how publishers may need to revise contracts to address AI-related issues.
00:09:17 – AI and Self-Published Authors,
Alesha highlights the importance of self-published authors understanding the standards and conventions of the publishing industry. She warns against novice authors using artificial intelligence to create their entire book, as it can lead to ethical and legal issues
00:18:07 – AI's Limitations in Writing Moving Fiction Books,
Alesha shares their belief that AI will likely never be able to write truly moving fiction books due to the inability to replicate the human experience. This perspective alleviates some worry about it replacing human talent in the fiction genre. However, Alesha expresses increased concern for nonfiction books and the potential dangers of this content, particularly in areas like mental health.
00:36:55 – Technology as a Blessing and Curse,
Alexa and Alesha reflect on the ever-changing nature of technology and its impact on the publishing industry. They acknowledge the challenges of staying up-to-date and adaptable in a rapidly evolving landscape.