by Joseph T. Sinclair
WriteLab is artificial intelligence software invented by a PhD candidate at Berkeley that grades writing in English classes in a way that teaches students how to write. It is now used by 53 schools from low-income high schools to Ivy League colleges.
What does this have to do with professional writers? It’s just another example of how modern programming is being used in the activity of writing. Many people think that the next fifteen years will be the heyday of artificial intelligence, and much of artificial intelligence had to do with language. That means that future programming is going to be very relevant to the skill of writing.
In another blog, I’ve covered the fact that some of today’s news reporting is being written by computers. This is done by artificial intelligence software owned by major media and not readily available to the general public. Like much other software, what’s expensive today may be inexpensive tomorrow and available to everyone. In any event, it certainly has the potential to displace writers.
In another blog, I’ve covered Spin Rewriter, software that automatically rewrites a writing to provide a new writing that avoids copyright infringement. This software is already available to anyone.
It seems like everyday it becomes clearer that the writers (and publishers) of the future are going to have to be knowledgeable in digital technology to be competitive and economically viable.
The author of this article, Joseph T. Sinclair, is the author of twenty How2 books published by national publishers.
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