AI has taken the world by storm in recent months. OpenAI's ChatGPT has made the power of artificial intelligence open to everyone on the internet, and a lot of people are taking advantage of the opportunity to speed up their content generation with its powers, but many people are claiming this is cheating.
I asked about using AI to write code on Twitter and had some open-minded responses to the matter, claiming it's simply a tool to make your life easier, a bit like GitHub Copilot...
But blog posts have for years been a way to share your knowledge with the world through a website, but will this change with AI? Is AI a cheat when it comes to blogging?
I asked OpenAI's ChatGPT to 'Write a blog post about why you shouldn’t use AI to write a blog post' and here's that blog post:
Artificial intelligence (AI) has come a long way in recent years and has been used to automate a wide variety of tasks, including writing. However, there are several reasons why using AI to write a blog post may not be the best idea.
First and foremost, AI-generated content is often lacking in originality and creativity. While AI can be trained on large amounts of data, it is not capable of generating truly unique ideas or perspectives. Blog posts that are written by humans are more likely to be engaging and offer a fresh perspective, which is more likely to hold the reader's attention.
Another issue with AI-generated content is that it can be less accurate than content written by humans. AI-generated text is often riddled with errors, such as grammar mistakes and awkward sentence structures, that can make it difficult for readers to understand. Furthermore, AI-generated text may contain factual inaccuracies, which can be detrimental to the credibility of the blog and its author.
Moreover, using AI to write a blog post is a method of cheating the effort required to provide valuable content. Blogs are a medium where people share their knowledge, thoughts and perspectives and the use of AI undermines that purpose. Moreover, the use of AI would erode the authenticity and human touch that the reader seeks.
Lastly, using AI to write a blog post can be viewed as unethical. Many people consider writing to be a form of personal expression, and using AI to write a blog post may be seen as an attempt to pass off someone else's work as your own. This could damage the credibility of the blog and its author.
In conclusion, while AI has made significant strides in recent years, it is not yet advanced enough to replace human writers when it comes to creating engaging and accurate content for a blog. Blogging is a form of personal expression and the use of AI would undermine that purpose. It is better to rely on the creativity and accuracy of a human writer to create a blog post that will be well-received by readers.
As you can see, ChatGPT gave a valuable response that covered the topic well, but there are definitely some flaws. The vocabulary usage feels repetitive. The points made weren't deeply explained or backed up by any sources, making it feel ambiguous and uncertain.
ChatGPT even said in this piece that writing a blog post using AI such as itself is both unethical - trying to pass its work as your own - and a form of cheating, not writing content for yourself when posting content in a medium that has been a way self-expression for as long as it has been around.
AI is also still not yet at the level it would need to be at to achieve complete accuracy and originality, AI learns from limited datasets, and therefore has limited knowledge to tell the whole truth about anything; it's also not going to create original work with millions of people using the same prompts every day.
Personally, I don't think that AI is the right way to blog. Blogging is a way to share what YOU know with the world, anyone can ask AI anything, they don't need you to publish it online. Blogging is an art that can only be kept alive with original content and by real people publishing high-quality, informative, entertaining and educational content.