While the music industry continues to figure out its response to creative AIs – as we’ve said many times, hopefully less fight or flight, and more about engaging – it’s interesting to see some of the waves being made by this technology in other sectors.
The [literary] publishing world for example, where two stories caught our eye this morning.
Reuters reported that there are already more than 200 e-books in Amazon’s Kindle store that list ChatGPT as an author or co-author, from poetry collections to “a new sub-genre on Amazon: Books about using ChatGPT, written entirely by ChatGPT”.
Industry body the Authors Guild is already concerned that “these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work”, and also has concerns that the 200 e-books are just the tip of a potential iceberg of books where ChatGPT’s role is uncredited.
The second story offers more context to the disruption: sci-fi magazine Clarkesworld has temporarily suspended short-story submissions, because of a sudden spike in stories written using ChatGPT.
“The people causing the problem are from outside the SF/F community. Largely driven in by ‘side hustle’ experts making claims of easy money with ChatGPT,” it explained.
“Our guidelines already state that we don’t want ‘AI’ written or assisted works. They don’t care. A checkbox on a form won’t stop them. They just lie.”
Creative AI may be just a tool, but alas, so many of the problems around it stem from the humans wielding it.
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