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Writers, beware. As if things aren’t tough enough for journalists, now robots are threatening to take over your jobs.
Think of the advantages robots have over you and me.
Robots never suffer from writer’s block. They never stumble over punctuation or spelling. They never dangle participles, end sentences with a preposition, or confuse words like affect and effect. They never get feelings hurt by a blunt editor. (Oh, if they only had a heart!)
Of course, “the [robots’] writing is repetitive and stilted,” as this video demonstrates. But it’s often “good enough,” and publishers may not care about quality, because robots (who don’t have to pay rent or, uh, eat) never quibble over pay, or contracts, or deadlines.
If you write for a living, be afraid. Be very afraid. Is Costco hiring?
Write on, my fellow humanoids. While you can.
By Maryann Hammers