The integration of AI into word processing programs is an exciting development that will bring about many changes. However, it’s important to consider the cultural impact of these changes and find ways to clearly distinguish and quantify the role of AI in written content.
In recent days, there has been speculation that OpenAI will soon be integrated into word processing programs like Microsoft Office and Google Docs. These speculations have now been confirmed, as Microsoft announced that it may incorporate AI technology from OpenAI into its Office apps, allowing users to write text for projects with the help of artificial intelligence.
This integration will likely result in the majority of written text being a hybrid of human and AI-generated content, and will have serious consequences in academia, journalism, and the blogosphere, among other fields. It will become essential to be able to quantify the extent of AI involvement in text generation.
The cultural impact of this integration, specifically for the written word, should also be considered. In the art world, artists have already started a campaign against AI-generated images, claiming that they degrade and undermine the time and skill that goes into traditional art. It is likely that we will see similar debates arise in the written word as well.
For example, at the Colorado State Fair’s annual art competition, the blue ribbon for emerging digital artists was awarded to a piece titled “Théâtre D’opéra Spatial,” created by Jason M. Allen using the AI program Midjourney. The artist community immediately responded by arguing that Mr. Allen should not be claiming to be an artist.
With the incorporation of AI into word processing programs, it will be important to make a clear distinction between human and AI-generated content and to quantify the extent of AI involvement. This could be similar to the nutritional information found on food products, providing readers with a breakdown of the balance between human and AI input. In the same way that some food producers tout “no artificial coloring” or “no GMOs” in their marketing, we may see writers and journalists who take pride in stating that no AI was involved in their work. It’s possible that there may even be competitions or publications specifically seeking submissions written without AI.
In conclusion, the integration of AI into word processing programs is a revolution that cannot be stopped. While this integration will bring about many changes and has the potential to significantly impact various fields, it is important to consider the cultural impact of these changes and find ways to adapt to them.
To navigate this new landscape, we will need three things: a cultural shift towards transparency, tools that can help quantify the extent of AI involvement in written content, and an open mind. Content creators should disclose whether they have used AI to generate their content, and tools like BW-AI score can help quantify the balance between human and AI input.