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The Case Against AI Storytelling


Oh, great! Another article about AI! Like we haven't heard enough about that, right? But wait, this one is different. This time, we're talking about the case against AI storytelling. That's right, folks, buckle up, because we're about to dive into the dark side of the futuristic technology that threatens to destroy thousands of years of human progress.

Now, before we go any further, let's make sure we're all on the same page about what AI storytelling is. In a nutshell, it's the use of artificial intelligence algorithms to generate narratives for books, movies, video games, or even news articles. It sounds like a really cool technology to have around, but let’s take a closer look at some of the not-so-cool aspects of AI storytelling.


First things first: let's talk about the limitations of AI storytelling. It's not as though AI-generated stories are perfect. In fact, they're far from it. For starters, these computer models lack the ability to understand human emotions, motivations, and the complexities of our world. They can't grasp the nuances of language, idioms, and cultural references that make our stories so rich and compelling. They can only replicate what they’ve seen before.

AI’s are heavily dependent on the data they're fed. And as we all know, data can be biased or incomplete. So, if you're hoping for an AI-generated story that breaks new ground or challenges the status quo, you might be waiting a while. These algorithms are only as good as the data they're trained on, which often means they're stuck regurgitating the same old tropes and clichés.

Let's not forget about the unpredictability factor either. AI models can come up with the most unusual, nonsensical narratives you've ever heard. While AI stories are getting more cohesive, I wouldn’t count on one to be consistently so.


Now that we've established some limitations of AI storytelling, let's talk about something that's near and dear to our hearts: human creativity - the good old-fashioned kind of creativity that comes from our big, beautiful human brains. Creativity is a process that can only come from a complex mind like the ones we are naturally gifted with. An AI model will can’t reach into the abyss within all of us and and extract meaning from the events of life.

And let's not forget about the emotional connection that's so crucial to storytelling. Can an AI algorithm understand the human heart? Can it create characters that resonate on a deeply personal level? It's doubtful. Human creativity is what brings stories to life, and it's something that Artificial Intelligence can't replicate.

The reason why humans have been telling stories since the dawn of time is because storytelling is an essential part of who we are. It's how we make sense of the world, how we connect with one another, and how we explore the depths of our own imaginations. Can an AI algorithm really capture that same magic? I don’t think so, and neither does HIP.


Of course, there are also a slew of ethical concerns surrounding AI-generated content. For one, who owns the rights? Is it the person who created the algorithm? The person who fed the data to the AI? Or maybe it's the AI itself?

And what about plagiarism? If an AI algorithm is trained on a dataset that includes copyrighted material, is the resulting story a form of plagiarism? These are just a few of the many ethical questions that arise.

Moreover, when it comes to nonfiction or journalism, there's the issue of content manipulation. With AI-generated content becoming more and more advanced, it's becoming increasingly difficult for readers to tell the difference between what's real (or true) and what's fake. AI-generated content could easily be used to spread misinformation and manipulate public opinion. AI algorithms can even generate “deepfake” videos, which essentially are manipulated videos that look incredibly realistic. These deepfakes can be used to spread false information or create potentially damaging content about public figures and celebrities. Not that we don’t see enough of these issues already, but hey, would you rather be manipulated by humans or a computer? Personally, I’d rather take my chances with the devil I know.


To bring attention to another hot topic at the moment, let’s talk about the impact of artificially generated storytelling on the job market. Who needs human writers when we've got robots to do the job for us, right?

In all seriousness, though, the rise of AI-generated content is already impacting the job market for writers, journalists, and other content creators. The popular news websites BuzzFeed and CNET have both admitted to using AI as a way to acquire and publish content that is cheaper (and worse) than a human writer could ever do. As AI becomes more advanced and capable of producing higher-quality content, it's not hard to imagine a future where human writers are increasingly sidelined in favor of their AI counterparts.

And it's not just writers who could be affected. The rise of Artificial Intelligence could also have implications for other creative industries, such as film and video game production. If AI algorithms can generate half-compelling stories, who needs human screenwriters or game designers? In a world where technology is advancing at breakneck speed, it's hard not to worry about the potential impact on our chosen career—or on the likely decrease in the quality of storytelling in a variety of industries.


We've talked a lot about the potential pitfalls of AI-generated content, but let's also consider a slightly different, and not so negative, role for AI in the world of storytelling: content curation.

AI algorithms can be useful when it comes to sifting through the vast amounts of content available on the internet and helping us find the stories that are most relevant to our interests. In this way, AI can serve as a helpful tool for guiding us through the digital landscape.

But there's a big difference between using AI to curate content and using AI to create content. So, while AI might have a valuable role to play in content curation, it's important that we don't lose sight of the importance of human creativity in the storytelling process.


The big question on everyone's mind, of course, is what the future holds for AI and storytelling. Will AI replace human creativity altogether, or will humans find a way to work with AI in a collaborative, symbiotic relationship?

It's hard to say for sure, but it's worth considering the potential benefits of collaboration. After all, AI algorithms can analyze vast amounts of data and identify patterns that humans might miss. Could AI help writers identify new story ideas, plot twists, and character arcs that they might not have thought of? Possibly, though each writer would have to decide whether they felt comfortable mining plot ideas in this way. If they did, where would we draw the line between what is imagined and created by the writer and what isn’t? Whether a writer gets credit for a story, or doesn’t? Those are not easy questions to answer. Indeed, a bleak future it would be where we as a civilization cannot create, imagine, and tell our own stories. Storytelling is, at its core, a deeply human activity.


One last thing before we go - we need to talk about ensuring responsible AI development by the keepers of our stories - publishers! As we've seen, there are plenty of ethical concerns surrounding AI-generated content, from issues of ownership and plagiarism to the potential for fake news and misinformation.

As publishers, it’s essential that we take these concerns seriously and work to develop responsible, ethical standards for AI development as it enters the storytelling industry. This means being transparent about the data that's used to train AI algorithms and ensuring that AI-generated content is clearly labeled as such. Some presses might decide that applying AI to some of what they do might give them some sort of edge, but there’s a real issue with that. Here at HIP, we believe that every word published that was generated by an AI steals from the human writer.

This is our stance: while the advancement of Artificial Intelligence has many practical applications in various fields, the sacred duty of capturing the essence of human experience and interpreting our past, present, and future through stories should be reserved for human beings. When we outsource the telling of our stories to computers, we abandon the very essence of what makes us human. No computer will ever write “Odysseus” or “War and Peace.”


You might be asking, “Where does that leave us?” At HIP, we take pride in publishing works that are not only well-written but also filled with emotions that come from human experiences. While AI has come a long way in recent years, we firmly believe that a computer can never truly replicate the nuances of the human mind or heart or express what it takes to truly resonate with readers.

Therefore, we have made the decision to never publish a story written by a computer. We will continue to champion the work of human writers—period.

So, next time you hear someone talking about the wonders of AI, remember that there's more to the story than meets the eye. It's up to all of us as a society to ensure that Artificial Intelligence is developed in a responsible, ethical manner and that the stories that inspire, challenge, and connect us remain the work of human beings.

Thank you for spending your time with us here on the HIP Weekly. We hope that you were able to gain some insight as to how the writing community feels about the sweeping changes that our society faces today. If you enjoyed this article or found it helpful, please share it with your friends, and as we always say - have a positive and productive week!

Written by:

Joshua Adams

Senior Editor

Huntsville Independent Press



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