Automated software is increasingly displacing writers by doing the writing for them.
San Francisco, California (PRWEB) March 31, 2013
Today, professional writers are facing a growing crisis, due to changes in the publishing industry and the growth of many sources of competition. These include millions of writers who are writing books and articles for free or for very low pay; the reduced price and therefore less income from e-books; and the consolidations and disappearance of many book, newspaper, and magazine publishers, resulting in fewer job opportunities. Writers have also become devalued for writing in an age of celebrities, where having a high-profile platform trumps good writing.
Now there is a growing threat from automated software which can write books, articles, and other materials, by compiling and drawing conclusions from data and writing sentences that look like they were written by an ordinary writer. As the software gets better – as it most certainly will, a growing number of writers will be replaced by software that can write something faster, and often, even better, than they can. It an increasing threat, as Scott warns in her article: “Assault on Writers from Automated Software,” in the Huffington Post.
As Scott describes, a number of companies, such as ICON International, Narrative Science, and Automated Insights, are developing these software driven books, reports, and other materials for clients. ICON International has even published over 250,000 books this way, calling itself the largest publisher in the history of the world, while Narrative Science and Automated Insights use their software to turn data, such as sports statistics and financial reports, into articles that seem like a real human wrote them. While some writers are needed to help by working with programmers to provide some content for the software; then the software can turn this content into books, articles, and reports.
Scott’s conclusion is that the basic technology is already here and will be likely to take over more and more jobs once held by writers. Although writers can always write free articles and celebrity writers or writers ghosting for them will always be in demand, other writers will increasingly lose work to the growing army of machines. In fact, Scott suggests that as software becomes more sophisticated, it can be used to create virtually any kind of art form, if it hasn’t already done so.
The column is one of the latest in a series on new developments in society, science, technology, and business, which Scott is writing as a regular Huffington Post columnist
This approach to commenting on current trends was featured in her book: The Very Next New Thing: Commentaries on the Latest Improvements That Will Be Changing Your Life
It will also be used to create her next book in this series, tentatively entitled: Does Your Toothbrush Talk to You – And Other Comments on Everyday Life. It will also be used to create her next book in this series, tentatively entitled: Does Your Toothbrush Talk to You – And Other Comments on Everyday Life. These developments also make it more difficult for writers to get past the gatekeepers at publishers and agencies, although an effective query letter can still help to get through, as discussed in Scott’s book: Sell Your Book, Script or Column.
These developments also make it more difficult for writers to get past the gatekeepers at publishers and agencies, although an effective query letter can still help to get through, as discussed in Scott’s book: Sell Your Book, Script or Column
Gini Graham Scott is the founder of Changemakers Publishing and Writing and the author of over 50 published books. She received a PhD in Sociology from the University of California in Berkeley, a J.D. from the University of San Francisco Law School, and MAs in Anthropology, Mass Communications and Organizational/Consumer/Audience Behavior and Popular Culture and Lifestyles at California State University, East Bay. She has spoken about the topics of her books to many groups and the media, including appearances on Good Morning America, Oprah, and CNN.