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Wednesday, October 4, 2023

IWSG October 2023


Welcome readers, writers, authors, and bloggers!

We're glad you're here! It's the First Wednesday of the month; when we celebrate IWSG Day in the form of a blog hop featuring members and guests of the Insecure Writer's Support GroupFounded by author Alex Cavanaugh (Thank you, Captain!) and fostered by like-minded associates, IWSG is a comfortable place to share views and literary news as we record our journeys. Check out the October newsletter here.

Our awesome co-hosts this month are:   Natalie Aguirre, Kim Lajevardi, Debs Carey, Gwen Gardner, Patricia Josephine, and Rebecca Douglass!

The optional question(s) for this month is: The topic of AI has been heavily debated across the world. According to various sources, generative AI will assist writers, not replace them. What are your thoughts?

First, Happy October, everyone!  It’s Children’s Magazine Month! It’s also Banned Books Week as well as Good Books Week. Does anyone see a correlation?  

Is AI going to ruin the writing industry? Well, probably not. But it will eliminate jobs in every industry, including ours. However, given the absence of emotional range without the slightest ability to incorporate ethics or morality into a soulless system programmed only to problem-solve, it stands to reason that AI also lacks the creative aptitude that human writers are born with. I am somewhat heartened by that.

Keeping in mind that AI is only as reliable as the input it receives, one has to wonder what to expect when a data entry specialist is tasked to describe to a machine the psychological effects of being caught in a perilous sea squall, the loss of a cherished friend, the physical pain of heartache. Could AI then impart the information with any semblance of realism to inspire joy, invoke fear, or extract a sob or a tear from the reader? I doubt it.

AI could, however, unflinchingly pass your data off as the property of someone or something else. Privacy and Security are what is most at stake here, and as long as we’re vigilant, we should all be alright.

Wishing everyone a highly creative season!