Tuesday, May 23, 2023

A ChatGPT Scenario

I hadn't thought about this until now.

For any writer whose works are no longer copyrighted —Jules Verne, Jane Austen, Tolstoy—it won't be long before books appear on Amazon with a subtitle of "A New Jules Verne novel by ChatGPT" or something similar.

The interesting element is I can see a time when someone edits a manuscript written by ChatGPT in the "voice" of a famous writer and creates an excellent read. There are art impersonators (well, forgers) who do masterful jobs of imitating painters, so why couldn't someone imitate a writer with equal care? Plus, it's totally legal in the scenario I outlined above.

The problem, of course, is that a great book isn't created in the writing, but in the editing. Doing this would require someone who was very, very skilled as an editor, and it would take hundreds if not thousands of hours. 

It's going to happen, though. 

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