P.S. to my post this morning about Artificial Intelligence

P.S. Plagiarism — yep. Using AI for homework might be plagiarism. My policy was “It’s your funeral. You plagiarize you don’t learn what you are here to learn, but that’s your call. I’m not going to hunt down your work and have an embarrassing office hour with you, but I will know whether it’s your work or not.” You can imagine that this stunned most of my students. I would do the same for AI. 

P.P.S. AI will never love writing. Its reading will be nothing more than “harvesting.” AI will never love teaching, either. Idealistically, perhaps, I believe that humans will always love those things. And why? I’m sitting here with a hundred books people have written. AI? Maybe, but probably not. Some of them are obviously works of love. Some are works of both inspiration and love. It’s magical what we humans can do. ❤️

Not just that, I’m editing my fourth article for Colorado Central Magazine — a paper periodical (and online) that people actually subscribe to and read. The editor is a young woman, in her late 30s. Most of the contributors are in her age-peer group along with a bunch of writers younger and older — people my age and older! Some contributors write about introducing their small children to hiking. Others write about what it was like when the railroad was big in the West. She is the magazine’s third editor. It’s been around for something like 50 years. None of the articles are written by AI. It’s obvious.

Featured photo: Me at San Diego State with the first edition of Martin of Gfenn, the photo was used by a Swiss newspaper to illustrate an interview.

12 thoughts on “P.S. to my post this morning about Artificial Intelligence

  1. The prompt for Wea’ve Written Weekly (W3) this time around is to use an AI word/line/haiku/poetry generator to kickstart a poem. I’m struggling to use the AI as my inner voice just can’t get comfortable with the idea – kind of feels like cheating on my muse….

  2. You know how much I love reading backwards. First, the picture of you warms my heart and soul. I’m smiling. Had I been your student I would have completely appreciated your statement about plagiarism. “It’s your funeral.” I had similar conversations with middle school aged students. Lol. The articles, editor, topics,…they all light a spark. I feel so out of touch with writing and words at this particular juncture. This gives me inspiration in placing my heart in it. Your heart has always been it and it shows in your writing. There’s nothing artificial about it. Finn and I send our love every day. 💕🐾

  3. A lot of photographers on WP treat AI as a tool for photo editing, not as competition. Perhaps it’s the provocative name “Artificial Intelligence” that makes people think it is something that’s meant to replace humans, although it is not. It is nothing but a glorified hammer. It can help you write a good sentence, or light up a shadowed face in a photo, or pick out galaxies from astronomical images. AI writing doesn’t know anything about the real world. Try out a factual conversation with chatGPT (it’s available freely) and you’ll see that it’s only a grammar tool, there’s no reasoning about the world behind it.

    • I understand that — the “danger” is students using it for something more than a tool which is possible. If I use it to write a good sentence, that’s one thing. If a kid in a high school writing class uses it to write a good sentence, that’s another thing. I also see a little danger in the “prescriptive” possibilities in education.

      I just used an AI program to help me read through and find revision points for the article I just finished for the magazine. It’s very useful. I’m in line to try ChatGP and eager to see how it goes.

      • In an earlier generation there was fear that widespread use of calculators would make people innumerate. Perhaps we are, but has it made a difference? The tool is there for our use when we need it

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