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You Ask, I Answer: AI Writing Tools?

Harry asks, “Have you managed to make AI writing an efficient tool? Which one do you use?”

You Ask, I Answer: AI Writing Tools?

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Christopher Penn 0:13

In today’s episode, Harry asks, Have you managed to make AI writing an efficient tool? Which one do you use? So that’s a good question.

There are two tools and models that I use for text generation using artificial intelligence.

The two models are open API’s GPT.

Three, particularly the DaVinci model, and the Neo GBT Neo x 20.

B from Ulithi AI.

Both of these models are extremely large models that have been designed to generate text pretty accurately, pretty, pretty well.

And I run I run the Da Vinci model and open AI is playground, I run the Neo X model in Google colab.

So Google has its colab development environment.

And I have on the pro version, so it’s like $10 a month to use.

It’s important, I think, to to understand these models, when we say an AI model, a text generation model, what we’re really saying is piece of software, a model is a piece of software that a machine wrote for itself.

So we humans gave it the entire works of the Library of Congress to read, write and to predict patterns from and the model is what results it’s think about an AI model, when it comes to writing tools, like a machine’s version of Microsoft Word, like you and I have a human version of Microsoft Word which we write in.

The machines have their version two, except their version doesn’t have an interface.

There’s no There’s no need for one.

And it has billions of examples of writing so that it can create written content reasonably quickly and reasonably easily.

For applications, what I use these models most for is actually have is I realize this is a bit like taking out a Porsche 911 to the grocery store.

I use it for breaking writer’s block.

So I will take a piece of text that I’m working on, maybe I’ve got a paragraph or two, I just don’t know where to go with it.

I will paste that into one of these tools and say, okay, autocomplete the rest, try and write the next 1000 words.

And I will see what the machine comes up with.

And more often than not, the machine will come up with something that I don’t approve of I know that’s not where I was going with this.

But that’s enough to break writer’s block for me to go.

Okay, what I really wanted to say was this, not what this machine wrote.

And that almost sort of kicks me into editing mode to fix the machines errors.

And that is enough to break that writer’s block and to get me back on track.

Or sometimes it will create something and I’ll say, Oh, I didn’t think about that.

I didn’t think we’re going that direction.

And so I will then take that, essentially kind of a prompt, if you will, and use it to jumpstart my writing.

The one thing I don’t do with these tools is I don’t have them try to create something net new from scratch, right? I don’t give them a single line prompt, like write an article about the importance of machine learning and AI.

The content they create is too repetitive.

It’s not new.

It’s not noteworthy, it’s not original.

The assembly the the sequence of words that it creates may be original and unique.

But the thinking is not original or unique.

The thinking is recycled thinking from all the works that it’s drawn on.

So I don’t use it to to create net new content from whole cloth.

It’s just not there yet.

Can it get there probably, there are some technical hurdles that the implementers of these models need to overcome to make them be able to generate coherent, longer form text.

One of the big limitations is they have no memory, which means that as they’re creating text, they can’t remember what they’ve written.

And so they can get caught in loops.

And they can just say the same thing over and over again in different ways, which admittedly, humans do that too.

Right? If you’ve ever read your own term papers you wrote in college at like 2am After three days of not sleeping like oh, yeah, I repeated myself a bunch of times here too.

But obviously machines are not out drinking till 3am.

So those are the models I use.

And those are the ways in which I use them.

I use them as as writer’s block breakers, idea generators.

But for the most part, I’m still writing 90% of the copy, right? Because what the machines come up With more often than not is not where I was going to go.

But I needed something to get me over whatever block I was facing.

So your mileage may vary depending on the content you’re

Christopher Penn 5:11


I have used the GPT models to generate press releases as a proof of concept as an example, not for anything in production.

And they create really good press releases.

I mean, as good as a press release can beat right press releases are still boring.

And they’re highly templated which is why machines are so good at them.

So I’ve used it for that as well as as a demonstration but in production, it really is just the writing and editing.

So good question.

Thanks for asking.

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