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Who wrote this? : how AI and the lure of efficiency threaten human writing / Naomi S. Baron.

Baron, Naomi S., (author., Author).

"Would you read this book if a computer wrote it? Would you even know? And why would it matter? Today's eerily impressive artificial intelligence writing tools present us with a crucial challenge: As writers, do we unthinkingly adopt AI's time-saving advantages or do we stop to weigh what we gain and lose when heeding their siren call? To understand how AI is redefining what it means to write and think, linguist and educator Naomi Baron leads us on a journey connecting the dots between human literacy and today's technology. From nineteenth century lessons in composition, to mathematician Alan Turing's work creating a machine for deciphering war-time messages, to contemporary engines like ChatGPT, Baron gives readers a spirited overview of the emergence of both literacy and AI, and a glimpse of their possible future. As the technology becomes increasingly sophisticated and fluent, it's tempting to take the easy way out and let AI do the work for us. Baron cautions that such efficiency isn't always in our interest. As AI plies us with suggestions or full-blown text, we risk losing not just our technical skills but the power of writing as a springboard for personal reflection and unique expression. Funny, informed, and conversational, Who Wrote This? urges us as individuals and as communities to make conscious choices about the extent to which we collaborate with AI. The technology is here to stay. Baron shows us how to work with AI and how to spot where it risks diminishing the valuable cognitive and social benefits of being literate"-- Provided by publisher.

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  • ISBN: 9781503633223
  • ISBN: 1503633225
  • Physical Description: xxxii, 309 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Stanford, California : Stanford University Press, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 269-300) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue : human writers meet the AI language sausage machine -- The journey to literacy -- Why humans write, and rewrite -- English comp and Its aftermath -- The dream of language machines -- The natural language processing sausage machine -- Machine translation rises again -- Machines emerge as authors -- AI comes for the writing professions -- The creative side of AI -- AI as Jeeves -- Human-AI symbiosis -- Do we always welcome AI? -- Coda : why human authorship matters.
Subject: Authorship > Technological innovations.
Authorship > Data processing.
Writing > Automation.
Artificial intelligence.
Technology > Social aspects.

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