Why We Write – The Distinctly Human Contributions to Written Communication


6 aspects of creative and professional ‘writing’ which are extremely difficult for AI text generation tools to replicate – these areas represent skills which will distinguish great writers in the future:

  1. Personal Voice and Style: “Your” writing has a unique voice that reflects your personal style and perspective. This includes the specific choice of words, the rhythm of your sentences, and the way you transition between ideas. AI can adopt a similar tone and style, but the subtle nuances that make writing distinctly ‘yours’ are more challenging to replicate.
  2. Contextual Analogies and Examples: “You” use analogies and relatable examples that stem from infinitely complex personal experiences or your specific way of interpreting the world. Similarly, your examples are human-relatable and are understood differently by each subjective human in your audience. These add a layer of depth to your writing. Replicating the uniqueness of these analogies and examples is extremely difficult for AI because they are rooted in your individual perspective, and they are dependent on each individual interpreting them.
  3. Complex Argumentation: The way you build arguments and present complex ideas is unique to your thought process. AI can construct logical arguments (sometimes, it can also construct highly_-illogical_ arguments), but the specific way a human writer connects different concepts and leads the reader through reasoning is inherently personal impossible to mimic exactly.
  4. Cultural and Subjective Interpretations: Your writing reflects an understanding of cultural nuances and subjective interpretations, particularly when discussing soft skills in different contexts. AI text generation responses are based on a wide array of data, but do not capture the same depth of cultural insight or the subtle interpretations that come from personal experience within a particular cultural context. Furthermore, if trends continue, it appears that there will be vast areas of need for non-English cultures, as AI tools have already been rapidly trained and iterated using data that is written in English (90% of top models are trained on either ALL ENGLISH or have very little non-English training data).
  5. Emotional Intelligence and Empathy: Human writing connects with humans through emotional intelligence and empathy, especially when discussing more nebulous or abstract concepts. Where there is less ‘objective content’, human readers find more value from human writers. While AI can recognize and simulate empathetic writing, the genuine human connection or ‘mind-meld’ created through language is unique to the writer and each reader.
  6. Depth of Insight: Human writing can be made to reflect a depth of insight into the subject matter, usually drawn from extensive experience or study that is ‘out of scope’ for AI text generation tools. An AI’s insights are based on patterns in the data it has been trained on, but the more complex or nuanced meaning and depth of meaning will be out of reach for AI writers for a long time (at least without a human writer “driving” the chat).

~C. Massey

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