If you are worried about an AI taking your writing job, you are not alone. Writing bots are fast, cheap and don’t suffer from writer’s block. Last year, OpenAI released a new AI language-generating system called GPT-3, a software which uses data from the internet to learn how to write. The program is able to generate high quality texts which are very similar to those written by humans.
Will an AI like this steal your writing job in the near future? The answer is probably not. The texts written by software usually contain mistakes, and they generally require some correction and reworking before being published. Nevertheless, Artificial Intelligence could advance a lot in the upcoming years, and get to the point where they will compete with human writers. Here are seven things you can do to avoid losing your job to writing software.
1. Connect personally with the reader.
You can connect with your readers on a individual level by sharing personal details about you. You can share how you felt in your last job interview or tell your readers how your last vacations in Spain were. Readers will be able to relate to you more deeply. A machine will be unable to create the personal bonding and experience many readers enjoy from your writing, so you have the advantage over it.
2. Use creative thinking.
Bots write texts by using pieces from previously written content. They don’t have the ability humans have to think creatively and come up with new ideas to write. So in order to beat the AI, you need to tune with your creative side in order to produce more unique and exceptional content. By using their imagination and creativity, humans writers have the ability to have new ideas and provide alternative views on topics that an AI won’t be able to offer.
3. Use books, magazines and printed newspapers for research.
Instead of relying on the internet for research, use printed media such as books and newspaper articles. The AI gets its data from articles and databases gathered from the internet, so by using offline sources for your writing, you will have access to information outside the reach of the writing software. So if you want to beat the bots as a writer, a trip to the library may be the answer you are looking for.
4. Write about topics you have specialized knowledge on.
While the AI has access to information related to certain areas of knowledge, it cannot interpret or use the information in the same way a human being would (for example, to propose a new solution to a problem). In one particular example, a bot wrote about “cutting” a door in half so a table could fit in. By using your specialized knowledge to analice topics and draw conclusions, you will have an edge over a machine with no real reasoning ability.
5. Write about recent topics.
A Bot is able to produce texts based on content that human writers have already written (for example, internet articles). Instead of writing about generic topics, you will have an advantage over the bot by focusing newer and recent topics, since any software attempting to write about those topics will have little information to base its writing from (for example, by writing a review of the newest book, of which little information is to be found on the internet)
6. Use humor on your writing.
Currently, machines are not quite able to understand and create humor, so use funny content and jokes to make your writing more appealing and entertaining to human readers. Making your readers laugh is a sure way to keep them engaged and to stand out as a writer.
7. Use linguistic expressions like metaphors and analogies.
Make use of linguistic expression such as metaphors and analogies to enrich your writing and differentiate your texts from those produced by writing software. While the A.I can produce technical texts with correct syntaxes and grammar, it will be less likely to use more complex expressions such as metaphors and analogies properly. By using these figures of speech, you will stand out and create more beautiful writing that the ones made by Bots.