What About AI?

As I write this in summer 2024, you can find quite a few AI tools to do some editing for you. And you can find AI helps for generating content, which, by the way, should still be edited, fact-checked, and proofed unless maybe you're generating content for only verbal sharing.

I'm not here to assess AI or how anyone chooses to use it. And I leave any discussion about ethics or the risk of plagiarism to others. But can authors expect any current AI tool to seamlessly merge the several levels of editing without unacceptable missteps that then must be addressed to preserve human creativity and thoughtful message? Can AI help an author address what's good but could be even better . . . and how? These are real questions.

Here's what one site suggests as a caution:

AI technology has its limitations when it comes to recognizing human emotion, understanding context, and providing creativity in storytelling.

AI can’t be relied on to ensure accuracy and consistency in copy, as it lacks the ability to understand the nuances of language. And while AI algorithms can detect errors in grammar, spelling, and syntax, they can’t provide an in-depth analysis of the overall tone and quality of a piece of writing.* 

More important to Christian authors is this question: Can an AI tool edit with human, spiritual sensitivity for authors who, through crafting either fiction or nonfiction, express their biblical convictions? Can they trust an AI tool that may be drawing its biblical input from multiple sources, some of which might at least subtly fail to support their story or message? Or is it still best to trust a human editor who can bring biblical knowledge and Christian spiritual sensibilities to the work of editing

These are some of the questions we must address in an AI world. Let's keep doing our research, but for now, it's up to us to decide. 


*How AI is Changing the Book Publishing Industry – WRITERFUL BOOKS




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