Why Do Writers Hate AI?

Is it a misunderstanding?

Chris Weber
3 min readJan 3


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As I write this, I have a poll running on Twitter. I asked my followers if using artificial intelligence to finish a novel was cheating. Currently, they think it is.

Most of them are writers. I respect their opinions. I consider them my peers.

Why I do not hate AI

I do not know how to use artificial intelligence well enough to form an opinion. I have studied a theory called Diffusion of Innovation. It is one of the oldest social science theories. I think I am what Everett M. Rogers would call an early adopter.

We fear the unknown

Artificial intelligence has been around for a while. I recently wrote an article that explains how I understand the idea of AI using what I know about science fiction and communication. You can read that here.

I am still enjoying this debate

I like to think about huge ideas and then type them out as I think. This is what I do. I occasionally ramble. This probably doesn't help my stats. I am indifferent. It helps me write my novel without going insane.

My friends share a lot of great ideas with me and I write about them. You can see an example of this here.

What does this have to do with AI?

An algorithm matched interactions between me and my friends. It hooked us up somehow. I am pretty sure artificial intelligence led us all here. I am happy that we used it. It gave us something we like.

I have written these words frequently recently… “AI is a tool.”

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Chris Weber

I am a curious communication scholar. I write about the things that I learn and attempt to understand. Poetry, fiction, and everything else.