Lunduke Journal says no to "A.I. written articles"
As many Tech Publications (like CNET) are moving away from human writers, the Lunduke Journal draws a line.
By now, many of you will have seen the news that CNET — the Tech publication founded back in the mid-1990s — has begun using A.I. to write their articles.
CNET is not alone… not by a long shot.
Tech publications all over the place are experimenting with using A.I. systems — like ChatGPT — to reduce their reliance on writers. This is not surprising in the slightest, as many of these publications have been looking to cut their writing staff for many years.
Source: This is my industry. I know these people and have had business meetings, on this exact topic, with many of these editors and publishers.
The overall strategy — among many Tech publications — is to have low-paid, entry level editors… who proofread and edit articles written by inexperienced, volunteer (human) writers, or generated by Artificial Intelligence software.
The benefits are obvious:
Have less total staff (saves money)
What staff you have are lower paid, and entry level (saves money)
Generate larger amounts of SEO optimized content (good for advertising revenue when your goal is search engine traffic and Big Tech ad deals)
These publications can now simply feed every press release, from every Tech company, into an A.I. system and — SHAZAM! — they now have an SEO optimized article. They can pump those out all day, every day with only minimal human oversight. From a business point of view — if your business is getting high rankings on search engines, which results in page clicks and ad views (and making Big Tech marketers happy) — this makes tremendous sense.
Unfortunately, the downsides here are obvious.
It means a significant reduction in original, investigative work — and an increasingly high chance of articles simply repeating false statements that accidentally found their way into past articles (which are used by the A.I. to help generate the new articles). As time goes on, the number of repeated errors will only increase.
With publications increasingly adopting this type of “content strategy” — and most of them will… and they will, in all likelihood, be very happy with their initial financial results — it means a very bleak future for Tech Journalism.
Let me make this simple, clear statement:
The Lunduke Journal family of publications will not now — and will not ever — use Artificial Intelligence to generate articles.
I did not create The Lunduke Journal to earn a fortune publishing software-generated content. I created this publication… because I am a writer. And, not only did I want a publication that would allow me the freedom to write what I wanted to write… but I also saw the need for an honest Tech publication free from corporate influence.
As the big publications are funded entirely by Big Tech ad dollars, and now have an ever-increasing amount of their content being AI generated based on Big Tech Data?
Oh, my word.
That need for a human-written, “Big Tech-free” publication is growing stronger by the day.
I truly hope more publications will join with The Lunduke Journal, and make a firm statement: No A.I. generated articles, and only human writers.
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I was curious about what an AI Lunduke would write like. ChatGPT can write like you, sometimes in a very funny way, though once it tackles technical detail it loses its humour.
For example, the article about how Lunduke invented Windows Vista editions starts well:
“Ladies and gentlemen, gather round for a tale of one man's quest to take over the world of computing! Yes, that's right, we're talking about yours truly, Bryan Lunduke, and how I single-handedly invented the various editions of Windows Vista.“
That sounds like an incredible tale! But gets boring very quickly:
“And thus, the various editions of Windows Vista were born. I created Home Basic for those who just needed the bare minimum. I created Home Premium for those who wanted a little more from their operating system. I created Business for businesses, Enterprise for those who wanted to take their operating system to the next level, and finally, I created Ultimate for those who wanted the absolute best that Windows Vista had to offer.”
It also can’t stop make every introduction a Ladies and Gentleman type. Here’s another example.
“Ladies and gentlemen, gather round for a tale of a man and his love for retro technology! Yes, that's right, we're talking about yours truly, Bryan Lunduke, and my latest endeavor - running the Lunduke Journal solely via a Commodore 64!”
Every article concludes with “In conclusion” too! AI Lunduke also loves proclaim “I, Bryan Lunduke” a lot.
“In conclusion, I, Bryan Lunduke, am now living with Richard Stallman, and I couldn't be happier. Stay tuned, folks, this is going to be one wild ride!”