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  • Marwa Kaabour

Embracing AI in Writing: Imagination vs. Automation

Over the past couple of months, Hollywood’s community of writers has been on strike – in fear of the much-celebrated wave of AI taking over their jobs. As a writer myself, I share their worries, but not their fears.

Now, it's indisputable that artificial language processing will have a huge impact on many writers, only time will tell if it will be all-positive or if the downfalls will prevail… but does it really have the capability to replace the ultimate imagination of humans? That of writers in specific?

There are two sides to every story. The World Economic Forum forecasts that, by 2025, AI is expected to automate 75 million jobs globally, however, it is also expected to create 133 million new jobs in their place.

But, personally, I firmly believe that humans have the upper hand – because of their single most powerhouse called 'Imagination'.

AI-based work will only be as good as the prompts and instructions that these software use. But can they think ‘outside the box’? Can they conjure the vivid imagery that races through our minds when we play out different scenarios and ‘what-ifs’ in our minds? I wonder. Can AI write the next series of Ted Lasso or Stranger Things? I sure hope not.

To me, technology is as good as you instruct it to be. Machines will work to imitate human behaviors with our permission. The way we think, the way we feel, the way we perceive things.. all this pools into our unfolding personas.

Qoute From Toni Morrision "The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power."



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