Why AI will not replace writers

With the widespread success of Artificial Intelligence and groundbreaking models like chat GPT, one of the big questions bothering the minds of most writers and content creators is; will AI replace writers?

Most tech analysts believe that just as jobs like content writing are increasingly at the risk of getting replaced by Artificial Intelligence… jobs like creative writing and journalism will eventually be taken over by AI.

Of course the threat is real. ChatGPT and co are becoming very popular writing alternatives. As a writer, you’re right to feel alarmed as you imagine how your writing skills might eventually become obsolete and your job lost to machines.

But to be more accurate, AI is a threat to a widespread number of jobs, not just writing. But, the hasty conclusion on its role in the future of jobs and unemployment is not only ill advised; it is also being blown way out of proportion.

For example, it’s a fact that generative Artificial Intelligence is still at its infancy. So, it’ll take some time for it to mature and eventually shape up to replace writers, if at all.

But notwithstanding, there are some significant reasons why artificial intelligence will not replace writers any time soon. And in the following paragraphs, I’ll be sharing some of these reasons with you…

Limited Creativity

One of the main reasons AI will not replace writers entirely is because of its insufficiency in creativity, when compared to natural human content writers.

Make no mistakes, AI can create decent content, generate ideas almost like humans and even give you mind blowing prompts that gets writing done instantaneously but, all of these are generated based on pre-programmed content.

AI generated contents are based on patterns and algorithms inputted into it, hence it has limited capacity to come up with completely innovative or custom ideas, compared to an actual writer.

On the other hand, content writers have the uncanny ability to think outside the box, evolve new patterns and come up with new, original and customized ideas aimed at creating real human to human connections.

This is one unique attribute that still gives you an edge as a writer.

Insufficient Emotional Connection

Emotional feeling is one important human elements that can enrich a piece of content, make it relatable to the target audience and even increase its possibility of achieving expected outcomes.

While a Content Writer has the natural capacity to connect to its own well spring of emotional intelligence, personal feelings and sentiments in the course of creating content, Artificial Intelligence applications cannot replicate such capabilities.

Specifically, AI lacks the ability to understand, feel or express the human emotions in the same human beings would.

This is one of its key limitations that still makes it human dependent and yet another important reason why AI will not replace writers tomorrow.

Narrow Socio-Cultural Understanding

Socio cultural nuances play an important role when it comes to piecing together some specific pieces of content in a way some specific set of audiences can easily relate.

As a writer, its easy for you to understand social subtleties like culture, niche attributes or even the tone of voice suitable for specific audiences, brands or business goals because you’re already exposed to it.

And while planning to create content that sells, you can always key into this to get your content delivering on ROI.

On the other hand, even though generative AI like Chat GPT4 is increasingly improving its capacity to write like humans, it still falls short in that unique ability to understand some very specific cultural and social innuendos that can enrich a piece of content.

It also lacks the cultural and societal understanding that human writers have, when it comes to creating that deep connection that drives real time results. And for this reason, AI will not replace writers.

Inadequate Grip of Literary Devices

One of the essential tools used by story tellers to create engaging stories is literary devices like metaphor, symbolism, allusions among other writing tools.

Combining these tools with a clear understanding of the audience and its own writing goal, a content writer gets to create powerful stories that will resonate with the audience while delivering on expected outcomes.

AI lacks the ability to understand and use creative devices while writing content | Credits: Pexels/Kindel Media

On the other hand, AI lacks the ability to understand and utilize these devices in a way that will fit in with content goals and expected outcomes, without errors. Thus making this one of the reasons why AI will not replace humans very easily.

Low Editing & Revising Skills

As a writer you don’t only get to create content, you have the capacity to edit or revise the content you create as well as effectively self-critique any piece of content, to bring out its best outcomes.

While AI writers on the other hand can also generate text like writers, it still has limited ability to edit and revise its content effectively thus giving content writers an edge in this aspect.

Also, AI does not only lack the ability to fully understand good content or filter out biases and content errors, it is largely utilizing a garbage in garbage out system where it relies on creating content based on materials programmed into it or the ones its learned.

With this reality, AI will not replace writers until this is improved. And unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go.

Inefficient Storytelling Capacity

As a business leveraging storytelling to build your brand, one of the key tools you can use to deepen your stories are your experiences, personal brand stories, and relatable analogies.

Naturally, Content Writers have these tools at their disposals. And they can leverage it anytime to craft masterful stories that are both engaging and relatable to the target audience.

As a robotic tool on the other hand, AI does not have such creative faculties or the capacity to use them.

This is one of your biggest wins as a writer. This attribute gives you an edge over generative AI tools. And of course, another significant reason why AI will not replace writers or artistes, in the next few years.

Creative Biases & Research Inaccuracies

While AI is being developed to evolve human capabilities as well as create content faster and easier than humans can, its content is not without biases and limitations in terms of accuracy.

Even though it’s still in its developmental stages, using advanced AI tools like Chat GPT4, you will realize that some of your outputs are subject to certain error and biases.

Again, although the tool is touted as having huge potential in being useful as a writing tool for academic researches, earlier versions of AI tools like ChatGPT in particular did bring up inaccurate or unreliable citations in its research results.

What this means is that; even if it were to be used for research purposes, at its current stage of development, AI can’t really deliver a successful research article devoid of errors.

At most, it can best be useful in proferring a research guideline. With such reality, in its present form, AI will not replace writers.

Final Words

As a matter of fact, Artificial intelligence has brought with it a lot of innovation in the writing and creative space. However, instead of replacing writers and creative, AI has made writing easier for writers and creatives.

For example, with AI writers can easily generate writing outlines, break down complex ideas, get headline suggestions and even get suggestions on search optimization key words that will be useful.

However, one thing you must keep in mind is that AI will definitely take away some low skilled writing jobs so, you have to up your game if you plan to stay relevant.

Although AI cannot replace writers at the moment because it lacks creativity, human feelings, cultural and societal understanding among other elements of writing, with consistent innovation, AI will eventually compete for jobs with human writers.

And the best way for you to get ready for this latest disruption in digital technology is to learn relevant skills and get ready for the next level of creative mastership that will set you apart from low skilled writers. And you can reach out to us here on how to get started.

Now, it’s over to you! What are your biggest fears about AI replacing writers? Drop your comments below.

3 Responses

  1. Human writers have unique skills that AI cannot replicate. These skills include creativity, empathy, and the ability to understand and connect with an audience.

    • You’re absolutely correct.

      Humans still have the special ability to create relatable content that other humans can connect with more easily. This is one of the edge we have over AI.

      Thanks for your comment

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