Artificial Intelligence (AI) is revolutionizing many sectors and industries. The technology has been used in many sectors over the last two decades, including motor vehicle assemblies, food processing plants, sports, and the security sector, among others. While most of these changes were warmly welcomed, the introduction of AI in business and academic writing created a significant storm.
The introduction of Chat GPT 4, for instance, pushed stakeholders in the education sector on the defensive. Most educators were concerned about its potential to aid cheating, while others claimed it could inculcate a culture of laziness in students, ruining the next generation.
With such a powerful tool, the future of business and academic writers seemed bleak. In fact, nothing has brought the role of humans under scrutiny like AI has done. But the fear that gripped the industry at the introduction of the technology has since subsided.
The AI era hasn’t dented the prospects of human writers significantly. As a matter of fact, the demand for skilled writers remains steady, if not grow rapidly. But what can explain this unexpected trend? Below, we explore the matter in detail.
Many blogs, talk shows, and programs predicated that AI would render human writers irrelevant and purposeless in months. Two years down the line, and they’re more relevant than ever before. There are a few explanations for this:
1. Level of Expertise
Experts, regardless of their fields, aren’t easily replaceable. Business and academic writers have extensive knowledge, experience, and unique skill sets that AI can’t replace overnight.
According to some posts we’ve seen on various websites, blogs, Reddit threads, and other social media platforms, some writers have been in the industry for over 15 years.
These people have dedicated countless hours to honing their skills, making their work almost flawless. They can work on complex problems and solve intricate issues seamlessly.
While we understand that AI is advancing at an alarming rate, it still can’t replicate the practical insights these experts have. Throughout the world, companies fear replacing their experts not only because of what they stand to lose, i.e., skills, but also because of the cost implications.
Business and academic writers’ years of hands-on experience place them at the heart of the education sector, making them hard to replace in a beat. They provide critical support that most institutions don’t.
2. Critical Thinking
Critical thinking is a core pillar in the writing process. Anyone who fails to objectively analyze and evaluate information, ideas, and arguments in their papers isn’t worth listening to. It’s the least you should expect, even from a grade six pupil.
At a more advanced level, we expect authors to question assumptions, examine the evidence available, and consider multiple perspectives, even the ones they don’t agree with. It’s about providing a balanced and factual argument. These are the bare minimum for professionals – logical reasoning and independent thinking.
AI is millions of miles away from reaching these levels. Yes, they can mimic human intelligence, but can’t be critical in their approach. Today, even the most advanced AI systems are limited to solving structured problems, analyzing big data, and making predetermined decisions.
The leap to real intelligence is still a mirage, which isn’t surprising because it involves human-like reasoning, creativity, and intuition that the technology lacks.
This makes it almost useless when doing STEM subjects, e.g., Engineering, medicine, chemistry, biomedicals, and nursing papers, among others. If you want to navigate complex issues and most importantly, arrive at well-reasoned conclusions, humans are your only sure bet.
Creativity is an underrated aspect of writing. If you ask two authors to write about an event or story, you’ll have two distinct works, each with its unique style. This explains why there are millions of books around, and people still buy them.
The ability to narrate a story from an engaging and fresh perspective adds life to ordinary texts. Humans think out of the box. In fact, our writings can be as unique as our faces, which allows us to grab readers’ attention, evoke emotions, and leave a lasting impact.
AI is limited in this aspect. Its possibilities are confined within specific boundaries. Therefore, if you want business or academic writing that’s unique, memorable, and truly captivating, you must use human writers.
Originality is a major issue in business and academic writing. In colleges, to start with, a single case of plagiarism can lead to a suspension, a course fail, a re-sit, or discontinuation. Universities have expelled many students for using other people’s works without acknowledgement.
On the other hand, businesses have lost credibility for using unoriginal texts. For companies engaged in online services, Google AdSense has strict policies prohibiting copied content. Those who violate the regulations often have their websites excluded from search results or lowered in the ranking index.
They’ve also come up with policies discouraging content generated using AI. This move has slowed down companies that embraced the technology fully in their marketing initiatives.
In the education sector, Turnitin, the world’s largest originality platform used by most universities in the US and Europe, has added an AI detection plugin to their service. It is obvious that the move has slowed down students’ use of technology for their assignments.
The relationship between business, academic writers, and AI can only be symbiotic. It’s a promising collaboration that will improve both parties. Denying that AI will advance is an attempt to lie to the self. New updates will learn from successive ones, moving it as close as possible to human-life texts.
While the place for writers is unthreatened, they need to be open to collaboration and innovation, which will improve their efficiency. Fused together, AI and human creativity will revolutionize writing.
We must accept the fact that both AI and human writers are here to stay. Otherwise, any argument we make will be futile. Since AI has failed to hurt business and academic writers as many experts predicted, it’s time to exploit new opportunities for growth it presents. Let’s make it an invaluable ally.