No matter how sophisticated it gets, A.I. will never replace you — and here's why.
Well-said and so true. I've heard of multiple surveys recently where audiences emphatically declared they do NOT want to read/listen to A.I. generated material, and your insights above are clearly a main reason. We don't want soul-less simulacra -- we want the real, and until A.I. is sentient and soulful, as you noted, only humans can give us the real. Hear, hear! 🍻
Thanks, Sarah, for helping us writers to feel not so replaceable. If we can get Hollywood to agree not to accept A.I. generated material over a human writer, well, that would be a huge victory for all of us. A very a loud message needs to be sent to all those looking at A.I. only as a means to make money - greed over quality and humanity. That already exists in so many other aspects of our lives. We don't need A.I. to make us feel even more invisible and unnecessary.
So happy to see this post. We need every writer on deck declaring this truth! I remember the WGA strike back in 2000 (I was a reporter fresh out of Hollywood back then), reported on it for Business Week. Not a whiff of AI back then... ah how innocent and simple those times seemed. It was about... haha... just mobile and Internet back then.
Today we are staring into the maw of an insatiable algorithmic beast, its fangs dripping with the data of young and old creators alike, their stories lying crushed and broken across its tongue... but soon we realize, that beast isn't AI. It's greed.
Thank you Sarah, my favorite line in your post is the following:
" I want you to know that your creative work is valuable and irreplaceable because you are valuable and irreplaceable — you have unique insights and thoughts and experiences that other people will want to connect with, and find meaning in connecting with."
Your podcast and your writing has been my source of inspiration, thank you.
Yes, Sarah, I have felt similarly on this subject. While I think that formulaic writers could be replaced by A.I., true creative writers will not be. I even think there may come a time when most of our media will be A.I. generated but after we've had our fill of it, there will be a return to "real" art/writing/etc. Consider what has happened because of Covid: some people are just now realizing how the isolation of Covid caused them emotional distress and they are desperately seeking connection. We NEED connection. Even though we may forget that for a time, we will ALWAYS come back to it. You hit the nail on the head when you said the reason we consume media is that search for connection. All of life, IMO, is a search for connection.