One-Liner Wednesday — The Right Word

“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”

Samuel Clemens, known by his pen name Mark Twain, an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

More About AI ChatBots

There have been quite a few posts in our WordPress community recently about ChatGPT, artificial intelligence chatbots, and whether or not such chatbots have the potential, at some point, to be good enough to take the place of us human bloggers.

I was curious about the AI-generated content, ChatGPT, and chatbots, and whether they are all that they are cracked up to be. So I downloaded an app called Genie to my iPhone. Genie is an OpenAl ChatGPT powered by GPT-3. I opened up the app and typed “Write a story with the words premonition, trance, vinyl, scud, sock, and trendy.” Here’s the post that the chatbot generated.

I also posed this question, “What would happen if Al surpassed human intelligence?” on this week’s Provocative Question prompt, which generated some interesting responses. One such response was this one from blogger Kajmeister. It’s long, but informative, interesting, and if you are at all intrigued about AI chatbots, well worth the read.

One interesting experiment Kajmeister conducted was to run a few paragraphs of my entirely chatbot-generated post through an AI detector model to see if it picked up on the AI-generated content. And the results were interesting.

Yes, the bullshit AI detector determined that the probability of those paragraphs having been written by a chatbot were 99.98%. Excellent detecting work, AI detector.

So, I decided to take two recent posts of mine that I actually wrote without the assistance of a chatbot, and run them through this AI detector. Here are the results below.

99.98% “real” on the first sample, but only 89.19% “real” on the second sample. Maybe my post comparing Dunkin’ Donuts to Krispy Kreme doughnuts was a bit more robotically written. Or maybe the AI detector was pissed that I prefer Krispy Kreme to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Next on my list of things to waste time doing is to write a post and try to see if I can fool the AI detector into thinking it was written by a chatbot. Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Blogging Insights — Empty Platitude

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

Today’s quote is from American country music singer and songwriter, Brad Paisley.

“Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one!

You can probably tell from the title of this post what I think about Brad Paisley’s quote. Is this supposed to be motivational? Maybe if tomorrow were November 1st, the first day of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and the quote was, Tomorrow is the first blank page of a 167 page book, assuming 50,000 words with an average of 300 words per page. Write a good one!I’d say yep, that makes sense. That is, after all, what NaNoWriMo is all about, right.

But as a general comment for writers, I think Brad Paisley should stick to songwriting and singing. And as Dr. Tanya pointed out, a better “motivational” quote that says essentially the same thing, but applies to more than one occupation is, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

Perhaps if Brad wanted to alter a motivational saying to fit writers, he should have bastardized “One Day at a Time” with “One Page at a Time.”

Blogging Insights — No Vacation

It’s Monday and Dr. Tanya is back with her weekly Blogging Insights prompt. She provides us with a quote about blogging or writing and asks us to express our opinion about said quote.

Today’s quote is from Eugène Ionesco, a Romanian-French playwright.

“A writer never has a vacation. For a writer life consists of either writing or thinking about writing.

I think it would be a stretch for me to call myself a writer. I’m a blogger, and being a blogger most often involves writing. That said, as a blogger, I admit that I am very often thinking about my blog and what to write. What word shall I feature on my daily one-word prompt? What image should I choose for my flash fiction prompt? What line for my story start prompt? What topic for my provocative question prompt? What old post to choose for my Flashback Friday prompt? How to respond to the prompts from other writers? How can I post about my perspectives on things, about what’s going on in my life, and yet maintain that delicate balance between remaining anonymous and expressing who I am?

Bottom line, I spend more time thinking about my blog, writing posts, reading other bloggers’ posts, and commenting on them than I do any other activity during my waking hours. So, I agree with the quote. I never take a true vacation from blogging or from thinking about it.

One-Liner Wednesday — Mass Identity

“Writing is a form of personal freedom that frees us from the mass identity we see in the making all around us. ”

Don DeLillo, American novelist, short story writer, playwright, screenwriter, and essayist.

When Dr. Tanya notified us on Monday that she would not be posting her Blogging Insights post that day, I was disappointed. I was actually thinking about going rogue and posting my own Blogging Insights prompt, especially when I came across Don DeLillo’s quote about writing. But then I thought better of it. It’s Tanya’s prompt and I had no business jumping in uninvited and posting her prompt on my own.

However, I thought DeLillo’s quote was a good one, so I decided to feature it today in my response to Linda G. Hill’s One-Liner Wednesday prompt.

As Tanya does with her Blogging Insights prompt, I do invite anyone who cares to express an opinion about this quote to do so in the comments or in your own post.