A remarkable, interesting investigation this week has been covered by the wonderful BBC. Details below: keep reading.
Of course, "automatic information documents" like those required for company reports, etc., can, even today, be digitised and written by machine language programming software.
However, for writing that is "more alive", writers and web developers deliver a score in the "not likely to be replaced by robots" ranges. Why: my best guess, because lots of writing projects involve higher level subtle nuances and cognitive abilities that make sense to humans but may be more difficult for robots or Artificial Intelligence (AI) to replicate. Effective web design too, relates closely to human needs and moods.
Tell Me Your Joke And I'll Tell You Mine
Moreover, perhaps the hardest skill for AI or a robot to understand and replicate is human humor. Whether something is funny to each of us depends on so many things including:
- Our culture.
- Our disposition.
- Whether we "get" the joke.
- Our mood at the time.
- How we perceive the person telling the joke.
- And so on.
A joke can be funny to us, yet if we don't like the person narrating the punch-line, we may not be amused. Even so, the best comedians can still win us over, even, and especially if we're feeling glum.
Sometimes, all we need to "make our day" is something that we find hilarious.
Nevertheless, the first robot that can tell jokes which are truly funny, may become a new kind of celebrity.
How To Beat A Robot - Perhaps
For writers, the big challenge is how to earn sufficient income from our efforts. Yet there are many, many avenues we can explore.
How Can I Convince You?:If more writers would only expand their thinking, truly, today is the best time ever for creators of the written word! Yet we must consider the different ways to write and produce and how to effectively connect with people around the world.
The best advice is: look for ways to minimise competition and maximise income.
For perhaps the 90% of writers who are not earning enough from their creative endeavours, there can be 10% who are doing just fine - ranging from “nicely does it” to “outrageously successful”.
We’ll explore those ideas in later articles.
Ask A Robot At The BBC
For now, discover more about what’s happening in the world of robots at BBC.co.uk:
- "Will a robot take your job?" Take an online survey right now.
- Related story: "Intelligent Machines: The jobs robots will steal first".
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