6 ways artificial intelligence is transforming writing

From translation services to automatic editing and checking for plagiarism, AI is poised to profoundly upend the entire process of content creation. Here’s what to expect.

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Will robots eventually put writers out of a job?

Are we going to see computers writing the next Great American Novel?

Probably not. At least not any time soon.

Over the last decade or so, though, AI (artificial intelligence) has become increasingly sophisticated, and it’s influencing the world of writing in a number of interesting ways.

What is AI, anyway?

AI is all about machines learning and adapting. Instead of simply being programmed in minute detail with everything they need to know to accomplish a particular task, they’re programmed with instructions that allow them to learn from their experience (just as people do).

There’s no one standard definition of AI, but ZDnet suggests some common features:

AI systems will typically demonstrate at least some of the following behaviors associated with human intelligence: planning, learning, reasoning, problem solving, knowledge representation, perception, motion, and manipulation and, to a lesser extent, social intelligence and creativity.

Here are six ways AI is changing the face of writing—and reading:

No. 1: Translation from one language to another

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