Is AI nothing more than monkey business?
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For a writer whose only interest in theorems is whether that is indeed the correct plural, the infinite monkey theorem has always been fascinating.
The idea that an infinite number of monkeys typing randomly for an infinite number of years would eventually create the entire works of Shakespeare is more to do with maths than it is a judgement on the Bard’s plays.
But, even so, if the monkeys survived long enough, would it be possible for them to write something of note?
Times have moved on since the theorem first gained popularity
more than a hundred years ago and now it is not monkeys, but computers, that can mimic the work of writers. I have no doubt that monkeys are intelligent, but somehow, I think computers have the edge.
The personality of a gnat
For all it was factual, in English with an attempt at humour, it lacked personality and soul. If Shakespeare had asked it to write a tragic love story about star-crossed lovers from warring families, I have no doubt it would have created a version of Romeo and Juliet – but one written by an accountant.
Writing is about more than placing one word after another and, while its response to my brief was amazing, AI cannot – yet – capture the nuances of language and entertain the way Shakespeare could.
But, I – and may other people who have tried it – was impressed by what it could deliver and I can see ChatGPT becoming a useful addition to a marketing team’s armour.
If you have to produce regular articles and blogs that may require a couple of hours of research via Mr Google before you even commit a word to the page, AI could become your new best friend.
Brief it correctly and it will offer you the bones of an article that may require topping and tailing – or maybe a little information adding here and there – but it will cut down the time it would normally take. Yes, you will need to give it a thorough read and maybe check a couple of things. But when you are up against it and your manager is asking for new content for the company website, this could be the answer.
Use it sensibly and it can be an asset.
But I think there is more chance that a troop of monkeys will put me out of a job than AI.