In this episode, Christopher Penn discusses the concept of voluntary content labeling, similar to how the Motion Picture Association of America regulates the movie industry. By voluntarily labeling content as purely human, AI assisted, or AI-led, readers can better understand what they’re consuming and content creators can potentially create a premium around purely human content. This labeling system can also help bolster human content creators in the face of increasing automation in the industry. So, if you’re a content creator or publisher using AI, consider adopting this simple labeling system to provide transparency and disclosure to your audience. To learn more, check out the full video and hit the subscribe button.
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In today’s episode, let’s talk about content grades.
Now not grades, get in school, not even the kinds of grades that you get on like a bottle of maple syrup.
Let’s talk about voluntary labeling.
For those who don’t know, the Motion Picture Association of America was formed way back in like the 19.
I want to say 1940s, I’d have to go back and look at the actual Wikipedia article, the folks that Freakonomics did a fascinating episode on the evolution of movie ratings.
But it is one of the few times when an industry chose to self regulate, chose to come up with regulatory stuff so that the government wouldn’t do it for them.
Because at the time, there was a great deal of concern about, well, all sorts of stuff from adult content through violence to even giving screentime to certain minority groups, right.
This was certainly not in Hollywood’s Progressive Era back in the 20s, and 30s.
And so the Motion Picture Association of America came about as a way for the industry to self regulate.
In doing so they have, they’ve had their controversies over the years, but for the most part, they successfully kept the government at bay, right, they successfully kept the government at arm’s reach, say, Hey, we’re, we’re gonna look out for America’s youth or whatever the excuse was, and make sure that things are clearly labeled.
So that, you know, the wrong content is not being shown to the wrong people.
So what does this have to do with artificial intelligence, and content marketing? If we want as an industry of marketers, and AI professionals, we don’t want the government kind of sticking his nose in, because let’s face it, the government and modern technology don’t exactly get along really well.
They’re not super compatible.
We should be thinking about voluntarily doing stuff like content labeling, for example, suppose you have a blog post who wrote it? Do you know? Right, it was a machine? Was it a person? You know? What if you had sort of three different grades, right, you have AI led where the machine did the majority of the work, right.
So it’s essentially a machine generated piece of content.
Second category would be AI assisted where a human did the majority work, but not all the work, you know, maybe the AI did the outline, maybe the AI did some copywriting.
Maybe the AI did some proofreading or grammar checking, there was some mechanical intervention that makes it not purely human.
And the third category would be purely human, this content was created by humans with no artificial intelligence assistance whatsoever.
Having those grades on content would make it easy for people to understand what they were reading, provide that level of disclosure saying, hey, this content was done by human with help of a machine or this content was done by a machine where this content was done solely by a human with nothing else.
In doing so, this could be a very good thing for a couple of different reasons.
First, obviously, transparency and disclosure, those are good things, generally speaking, those are good things and people.
People should be able to understand, you know, the ingredients of a piece of content, same way that we kind of have all these laws about the ingredients in a product, right? You have to tell people what’s in the jar.
And then it is up to the individual is the individuals respite, right and responsibility to decide, do I want to consume this or not? Right? Like, hey, this thing contains, you know, 18 different kinds of fat and I’ll probably give you a car and every within 45 minutes and stop, there will be some people at shyly that right? You might have, hey, this content is purely AI lead.
We’re making use of machines to crank up the content.
And there will be some people who’ll be like, Yeah, I want that.
Other folks will have said yeah, I only want to consume purely human content, but labeling it is good.
The second thing it may do it and this is important for writers in particular content creators, is it may help create a premium around purely human content, because let’s face it, AI helps us scale helps us do stuff faster, it helps us do stuff better.
And if you want that genuine, authentic, certified organic, human content, being able to label it as such means that you can, you can compare it see how it performs versus AI content, and then presumably, original human, purely human content probably will perform slightly better, that labelled might become a badge of value in and of itself and help keep folks who are content creators who are writers and help keep them employed right if there’s a market demand for purely human you know, certified purely human content that could be a nice shot in the arm for folks who are content creators who want to make sure their jobs and their their, you know, freelancing or whatever is not taken over by Miss jeans.
So give some thought to that I’m gonna start doing this on the content, I write on my personal website to say, Oh, is this purely human is this AI assisted? Most of my content is AI assisted, for example, this blog post, it’s me talking about the thing, but the transcript machine generated.
And we’ve been, I’ve said this for a really long time, if you go back blog posts, you know, years ago, you will see this as a machine generated transcript.
This would be AI assisted content is not purely human, because the machine was used to help make part of it.
Right? purely human would be like this, the almost timely newsletter on Sundays, that is there’s no part of that, that that machine is writing the content even partially right even even as transcripts that is purely human written.
So that is, that would be that would fall into the purely human category.
But if you are a content creator, or you’re a content publisher, and you are thinking about the use of AI, you might want to adopt this simple labeling system to help readers get an understanding of what they have, what they’re looking at in front of them and perhaps even provide a bit of bolstering for the human content creators on your staff.
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