Diving For Pearls
Online writers' resources by Ingrid Bruck
Ingrid Bruck is an editor at Between These Shores. She was a featured writer in BTSA Issue #2. Her column is devoted to online writer resources. She found her own writer support community online. Writing this column is one way of "paying it forward".
Diving for Pearls: Online Writers Resources
BTS Books strives to be a writers resource. Toward that end, we invite writers to share their information, link, and news of interest for the literary community.
Email your pearls of resources for writers to:
Ingrid Bruck, Network and Resource Editor
ChatGPT for Writers
All over the world, writers as well as people of every profession are checking out ChatGPT. It can be used as a valuable writer tool but has both merits and deficiencies.
Some student writers misuse the tool in an unethical way to generate homework. Be aware that teachers and professors are on the outlook for this kind of plagerization and there are serious penalties for cheating.
This being said, a writer may wish to utilize the program to test the waters and see what ChatGPT produces. The program generates a synthesis of various writing styles and emulates writing forms. A writer can "play" with the program to test its capabilities and compare it to their own writing. Used as a teaching tool, the program may prove to be one way for the emerging writer to improve the quality of writing and learn the craft.
I "played" with ChatGPT to see how it could help me with researching a subject. ChatGPT scans the wealth of online publishing for models and research, which I found extremely helpful. In regard to research, I found that ChatGPT serves as a valuable timesaver. The program not only surveys indepth research available online, but it produces a rough written draft that outlines the subject. This provides a good starting point for the writer to use. But be aware that AI (Artificial Intellince) does not deferentiate between "fake news" from "reliable" news sources. What ChatGPT writes may include some false information. So when it comes to writng a finished essay about any subject, writers who value sound and valid arguments are cautioned to evaluate for themselves each statement of fact. Overall, I found this computer generated writing to be a good way to assess whether I missed some areas when I researched a subject myself.
Caution: Be sure you check the accuracy of sources cites. The internet hosts lies as well as truths. ChatGPT indiscriminately reports what's out there.
If you are a writer curious about ChatGPT and its capabilities as a writer's tool, I recommend that you read about the program's strengths and weaknesses before you start. A writer who uses ChatGPT will wish to consider the issues and ethical concerns related to its use. Like any writer tool, it's usefulness will be determined by the skill and integrity of the writer who uses it.
Here are some articles to learn about ChatGPT & its potential dangers:
ChatGPT: How to use the AI chatbot that’s changing everything. By Fionna Agomuoh and Luke Larsen, April 26, 2023, Digital Trends
‘The Godfather of A.I.’ Leaves Google and Warns of Danger Ahead. By Cade Metz, New York Times, May 2, 2023. For half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT. Now, he has quit his job at Google to warn us that A.I. could cause serious harm. This is why the “godfather of A.I.” is afraid for our future. →
A.I. Poses ‘Risk of Extinction,’ Industry Leaders Warn: Leaders from OpenAI, Google DeepMind, Anthropic and other A.I. labs warn that future systems could be as deadly as pandemics and nuclear weapons. By Kevin Roose. May 30, 2023, Updated May 30, 2023. New York Times. A group of industry leaders warned on Tuesday that the artificial intelligence technology they were building might one day pose an existential threat to humanity and should be considered a societal risk on a par with pandemics and nuclear wars.
Literary Hub has been covering ChatGPT news and AI developments. Literary Hub has published some groundbreaking articles. Links to two good ones, courtesy of Literary Hub:
ChatGPT’s getting an upgrade, but it still can’t pass AP English class. By Kevin Jiang, on Tue., March 14, 2023. Article was updated Apr. 05, 2023, The Toronto Star. OpenAI unveiled its most advanced AI model yet: GPT-4. It can compose songs, pen screenplays and process images — and is now available to subscribers of ChatGPT Plus.
update. ChatGPT might be able to help with your science homework, but it still can’t pass English class.
8 NOVELS FEATURING ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE. On MARCH 31, 2023 BY EVIE GREEN . VIA BERKLEY, Crime Reads. Evie Green looks at 8 novels featuring artificial intelligence.
ChatGPT. For the intrepid writer who wants to check out the ChatGPT hype and assess its possibilities, here are instructions to create a free online account:
Set up a free account with OpenAI.
Choose an easy login with a Google or Microsoft account, or enter your email address.
Enter a phone number. You are issued a confirmation number.
To enroll, enter on the registration page and begin.
To those in the Northern Hemisphere, may your writing flourish this summer. And the same to you entering winter in the Sourhern Hemisphere!
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