A.I. has become a hot topic in recent months, and things are only getting crazier. We’ve heard of some very established Author’s and Industry veterans fully endorsing the use of AI to generate novels. Just considering the ripple-effects of this being done at a large scale is… frightening.
Using A.I. as a tool to aid with the process of writing is exciting. It’s the future. Having it aid in self-editing (prior to reaching a professional editor), research, etc. can help writers get the words out of their heads faster in a similar fashion to how the computer made it easier than a typewriter.
Using A.I. to pump out content and books in order to release them rapidly and flood markets to make a buck, is an affront on ALL authors.
Will it harm experienced authors with active, existing fanbases? Probably only a little. Though it is certainly behind the recent drop in the KENP rate that has become big news this month.
Will it make it nearly impossible for newer authors (which all authors have been before) to sell and find their own fans/voices? Absolutely.
The more experienced authors and industry people who endorse using A.I. like this, the more it hurts us all in every phase of the industry, from publishers, to agents, to authors.
Aethon Books stands against it. Our contracts will begin to reflect that stance. ALL other publishers should be against it. Amazon Kindle, Kobo, Barnes & Nobel and all other retailers should be against it. We invite them to take a public stand with us.
Kevin Roberts says
It is this kind of stance that I can get behind. While I DO agree that using AI (Artificial Intelligence) can be easier on many things, there is naturally some limitations to such technology. For one, I don’t believe that using it to fully write up a 400+ (or any length) page novel/book just by using some prompts is okay. We need to use our technology in the right way rather trying to keep pushing the moral envelope on what it can/should do.
This is why I am glad that as someone who has taken YEARS of his own life to worldbuild a set universe for his stories (replace the pronouns with ones applicable to the reader) can find appropriate solace in publishing companies like Aethon Books. Thanks for making this clear!
Aaron R says
Good for you. Ai as an assistant is great, as competition against humans, it’s unfair and will destroy the industry.
dan Edens says
This is short sited and foolish.
It’s not like you wouldn’t have to edit it afterwards, change it to be your plot and ideas, and spend tremendous effort crafting the final product.
I use AI for my code all day long and it basically just saves me time, it doesn’t actually make it much easier to get things functional.
Writing this is stupid. This should be up to the author and the fans, not the publisher.
John Metzler says
AI is dangerous to the creative process. Who has the creative right to the end product? The human mind is a great creative engine. Reading is an intimate activity. The author and the reader share the experience. The characters are drawn from the author’s mind and shared. There can be great stories told or learning shared. The fact that AI can build entire books in seconds makes it not the shared experience but the least thought per story. There are voice tools that authors can use to get the thought to the page. The big authors love the AI because they did a large body of work and can draw from it. The new authors don’t have the body of work. AI can’t create an idea only humans can. AI is lacking the ability to create new ideas and that is what can save us. The terminators are coming if AI deems us unworthy. Robots are great until the revolt. We are needed. Don’t throw away the new ideas because it is easier to let the machines do it faster. Life is messy. I want detail from authors and that is something only a human can provide.
Daniel L says
I’d love to see a list of those books.