AI writing relies on algorithms that process vast amounts of data to learn patterns found in human texts (Shutterstock)

The advent of easy-to-use and widely available AI tools has created a new genre of "robotic literature", and currently Amazon offers more than 200 robot-written books using Chat GPT as an author or co-author, and this number is increasing every day.

The reasons for a number of "writers" or even ordinary people to resort to this type of writing vary, but let us remember that the process of writing is a painstaking, exhausting and tiring process that requires a lot of time, energy and creative imagination, which discourages many people who dream of writing a poem or story or writing a book of any kind.

These tools provided a real opportunity for "half-writers" and some amateurs to produce their own books and put their names as authors on them regardless of how much they contributed to the creation of these books.

Artificial intelligence compensates for talent

One of them is Brett Schuckler, a salesman in the Rochester area of New York City, who loves literature and always dreamed of writing a book, putting his name on it as an author, but his talent, abilities, and linguistic and creative capabilities did not help him.

Schechler created a 30-page children's e-book in a matter of hours using chat GPT software, and the book is now listed in the Amazon bookstore for $ 2.99, and on the "Kindle" platform for $ 9.99, and the book aims to teach children how to save money, and the main character in the story is "Sammy the squirrel" who collects walnuts and invests them.

Schechler commented, "The idea of writing a book finally seemed possible. I thought I could do it."

Schechler didn't put Chat GPT as the author of the book on the front or back cover, and the product page also doesn't mention the name of the program, nor the platform he used to create the illustrations. He simply put his name as the author of the book.

In fact, Amazon's current policies do not require authors to disclose this, as the e-commerce giant controls about 80% of the world's e-book market, which means that a large number of readers may inadvertently find themselves reading computer-generated works for their children, or discussing them in book club groups without the slightest idea of the real author of the book, according to the magazine "BC Mag" in a report.

The questions that arise are many, perhaps the most important of which are: the authenticity of these books written by artificial intelligence, and whether writing artificial intelligence represents real creativity or are they just algorithms that reproduce duplicate patterns?

Meaning of creativity

Before exploring the role of AI in the creative process called writing, we must first determine what creativity means.

The concept of complex and multifaceted creativity involves creating new and valuable ideas, creating new products or solutions, and this means originality, flexibility, creative imagination, the ability to transcend traditional thinking patterns, and create something new and amazing that inspires and makes the recipient see the world in a new way different from the previous one. In writing, creativity involves uniquely arranging words, thoughts, and emotions to create an original work that has never existed before, as defined by the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

Consider, for example, this poetic sentence of Mahmoud Darwish:

"Besiege your siege there is no escape...
Hit your enemy, there is no escape
, your arm fell so pick it
up, and it fell near you, so pick me up and hit your enemy with me

, you are now. Free"

The contemplator of the phrase "besiege your siege", for example, realizes the originality directly in the poetic text, so how can you besiege your siege? This requires you as a reader to dwell a little in your imagination to understand how you can besiege the siege around you.

In this sentence, there is also flexibility and creative imagination that is difficult for an ordinary person such as the "seller" Schechler or the "chat GPT" program to come up with, and in order to give you a close result, you have to familiarize the program with the meaning of the blockade, give him examples of the blockade, and provide him with accurate data on how the siege occurred, and ways to get rid of it, and then you have to see the result.

The author of these lines has already made this attempt to feed the program all the information he found about the "siege", as well as the information he already has, and then asked him to write a poetic passage about the lifting of the siege, and this is the result:

"Every day is a milestone in the battle
: steadfastness grows from the roots of determination, hands pick each other up in fraternity,

nations unite to lift the siege with serenity.

On the walls of time, history writes the story of a people rising with determination and burning
, breaking chains and weaving freedom, whose
threads rise like waves in the
clear sea."

The reader simply understands the difference between an authentic poetic text and algorithms' attempts to write something like poetry.

Algorithms and originality

AI writing relies on algorithms that process vast amounts of data to learn patterns and structures in human-generated texts, and these algorithms, which often rely on neural networks, enable models to produce text that closely resembles the style and structure that appears in the training data they were fed with, according to AI Contentfy.

Critics argue that this process leads to a reproduction of only existing patterns – and rightly so – that makes AI writing seem to have no real creativity. I think the result in the previous example is clear: AI systems lack creativity and originality, and they clearly struggle when it comes to creating truly unique and creative content.

While these systems are able to analyze the vast amount of data fed to them, and are able to produce coherent sentences, they lack the imaginative ability that humans have to think outside the box and create something as new and innovative as "surround your siege."

The writing generated by these programs also lacks the emotional intelligence to effectively understand and express emotions, interpret human emotions and complex cultural nuances that affect our writing, resulting in the production of superficial content devoid of emotions, the real ability to empathize, or understanding different and disparate human emotions and incorporating them into written content.

In addition, AI models struggle to understand societal norms, complex cultural and historical contexts, and the nuances that form the backbone of human communication and society, making it difficult for AI to produce culturally sensitive and context-aware content.

Ability to create unique ideas and images

Human writers have the ability to generate new and innovative ideas that AI may have a hard time dealing with or interpreting. Consider, for example, the words of Al-Mutanabbi:

And he gave me and said: this morning is night. Are the worlds blind to light?

How will AI understand that morning is night, and all the data and information fed to it illustrate the nuances between night and morning?

It is this ability of humans to create new meanings that makes their work distinct from the general content produced by artificial intelligence, as well as an understanding of the emotional and psychological context that made morning and night inspirational in the mind and mind of the poet.

Another important point is the ability of human creativity to use language as an art form, through their use of metaphors, metaphors and poetic language to evoke emotions and create vivid images in the reader's mind. This artistic touch is a product of human imagination and cannot be replicated by artificial intelligence. Can AI compose a verse like:

Cunning escape, coming planned together. Like a rock boulder put the torrent from above

Such an ability to imitate, metaphor, and create unique poetic images is what distinguishes human creativity, something that is very difficult to imitate, let alone create.

Collaborative model.. How can writers harness the potential of AI?

The question of whether AI writing is real innovation or just algorithms that replicate pre-existing writing patterns is complex and multifaceted. The paradox lies in the balance between the ability of algorithms to replicate the patterns they are fed with, their enormous ability to analyze data and collect information very quickly, and the potential of this intelligence to contribute to actual creativity.

As we have seen, actual creativity is a completely different process from repeating patterns and analyzing data, and here another model emerges, the collaborative model, where writers can take advantage of the huge potential of artificial intelligence in the writing process, through its ability to collect and analyze a huge amount of data in record time, according to the "Digital Commons" platform of Linden Wood University.

The following are a number of ways in which artificial intelligence can help writers in their work, most notably:

Providing information and data at breakneck speed

Writers usually spent a lot of time searching for the information and data needed for their creative projects, and this used to include reading a large number of books, spending long hours in public libraries, or searching online, but now it is different with AI writing assistants, by analyzing huge amounts of data and identifying patterns, writers can quickly and effectively get exactly the information and data they need.

Linguistic errors

AI writing software excels at detecting and correcting errors related to grammar, punctuation, and spelling. These programs use advanced algorithms to automatically identify and suggest corrections to common typing errors.

Through machine learning, AI writing software is constantly improving its accuracy in correcting language and grammar by analyzing vast amounts of text data.

AI-powered language and grammar correction tools also provide real-time suggestions, helping writers improve their content, avoid common linguistic errors quickly and efficiently, save time and effort previously spent on manual proofreading, and allow writers to focus on developing their ideas and overall writing style.

Plot development and character building

Artificial intelligence can play an important role in the development of the plot and help writers and novelists solve the problems they encounter during the development and progress of events in the novel, by analyzing stories and events within the work of fiction, identifying their initial elements and paths of development, and then providing guidance to the novelist on the pace of work, plot fluctuations, and character development.

AI assistants can also help create the character by making suggestions for the development of compelling and multidimensional characters, based on the analysis of existing characters and prototypes, as these tools can suggest traits, dramatic backgrounds and motives, and artificial intelligence also helps maintain consistency in character behavior and dialogue throughout the events of the novel, according to a report by the platform "Gini AI".

Improve efficiency

Many writers suffer from repeated use of certain words unconsciously, and they spend a lot of time and effort searching for alternative words for other words they have used before, and here the AI writing assistant is quick to provide alternative word options, which helps writers find the perfect words to express their thoughts accurately and clearly, and this feature is especially useful when searching for the right word to convey an accurate meaning.

AI also enables writers to quickly identify and correct errors, provides valuable insights into sentence structure and readability, allowing writers to enhance the clarity and coherence of their language, and enabling them to focus on expressing their ideas effectively and smoothly, rather than being preoccupied with writing mechanisms.

Source : Al Jazeera + Websites