There’s a trend I’ve noticed in my life, and it’s one I’m not at all fond of.
It was in March of 2020 when I let my guard down, congratulating myself for finally having it together. I’m sure a few of us know what happens next in that story.
In November of 2022 was when I got serious about writing. I launched Live by Design, a weekly newsletter on the topic of mindset, and I committed myself to a writing habit for the first time. Two days later my TikTok feed was overrun with videos about something called ChatGPT.
Generative A.I. had been born, and my boyish excitement fast turned to dread and remorse at the death of my dream of being a published author. With immense hesitation I’ve come to a point in which I understand how I can use this new tool in a way that is not only effective, but also aligns with my integrity.
Much of my professional writing is done in the interest of clicks and traffic, and generative A.I. has given me the ability to create content optimized for algorithms. That saves me from suffering over words that don’t resonate in my heart and mind.
Will books written by A.I. replace books written by humans? I doubt it, but don’t be fooled into thinking we haven’t been reading computer generated content for years. This is just the next step, one we’ll adapt to.
As much as I love imaging mathematicians scoffing at the calculator when it was invented, it’s a tool we all walk around with. A.I. has the ability to make us better and more discerning in how we write and consume.
By the way, this was written by a real life human.