The Human Touch: Why AI Can Never Fully Replace the Artistry of Human Writers

  • AUTHOR: editor
  • POSTED ON: May 4, 2023

In a world where even the most skilled and celebrated writers can be outdone by a recently-launched computer program, the question of whether AI will eventually take over the entertainment industry looms large. With the recent Writers Guild of America strike shining a spotlight on the demands for better working conditions and fair compensation – there’s another pressing issue at hand: the use of AI in the writers’ room.

While technology has undoubtedly come a long way, some are still hesitant to fully embrace it, raising concerns about the future of human creativity and storytelling.

Adam Conover

According to reliable news sources, comedy writer Adam Conover is also taking a stand against the rising tide of AI in the entertainment industry. He’s pushing for a proposal that would ensure that the output of AI is not considered the work of human writers.

Conover argues that while technology can play a vital role in the production process, it shouldn’t be allowed to undermine the working conditions of real writers. With the battle between human creativity and machine efficiency heating up, it’s a question that will only become more pressing in the years to come.

AMPTP – The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers is showing no sign of budging in the face of the Writers Guild of America’s proposal to exclude AI-generated content from being considered the work of human writers. Despite concerns from writers about the impact of AI on their livelihoods and careers, the AMPTP has only offered to hold yearly meetings to discuss technological advancements.

Conover also expressed startle at the AMPTP’s reluctance to engage with the proposal, arguing that the current state of text-generation technology is nowhere near advanced enough to produce anything worthy of being used in production. Nevertheless, the battle between human creativity and technological innovation rages on, leaving the future of the entertainment industry up in the air.


While AI language models like ChatGPT may seem impressive, they’re not exactly the next Shakespeare. These text-generating algorithms don’t have a creative bone in their virtual bodies – their sole purpose is to analyze patterns in massive datasets and churn out the most likely responses to a given input.

So, while ChatGPT might be aware that HBO’s “Succession” is about a family fighting for control of a media empire, don’t expect it to come up with any emotionally nuanced dialogue that could rival the show’s Emmy-winning writing. At least not yet, anyway!

The future of AI and entertainment is uncertain, but for now, it seems that human writers still reign supreme. However, the doubts aren’t still decluttered.

As AI technology continues to advance, with easy passing day, almost all of us fear that it could be used as a tool for corporations to devalue human creativity and undermine the contributions of writers, artists, and other creatives.

Ben Zhao

Ben Zhao, a professor at the University of Chicago and the faculty lead of the anti-mimicry tool Glaze, believes that companies may be overhyping the capabilities of AI language models like ChatGPT to make it seem like they don’t need human talent.

In the high-stakes world of Hollywood negotiations, this could be a dangerous game. Imagine – a studio insists that an AI-generated script is just as good as one written by a human, and therefore they don’t need to pay writers the same rates. It’s a situation that could ultimately lead to a creative desert where human talent is undervalued and underutilized in favour of soulless machine-generated content.

According to Adam Conover, some of the most critical parts of a writer’s job are not just putting words on a page, but collaborating with other people, often from various departments, to bring a story to life. From working with set designers to ensure that a vision is feasible to tweaking scripts in response to feedback from actors or producers, the creative process is a dynamic, human-driven endeavour that simply cannot be replicated by AI.

While some writers may be wary of AI encroaching on their turf, comedian Yedoye Travis sees the potential benefits of having a machine in the writer’s room. According to Travis, a significant part of the creative process involves bouncing ideas around and collaborating with other writers to refine them. In that sense, an AI language model like ChatGPT could be a valuable asset, capable of generating a rough script in minutes instead of days or even weeks.

This could be particularly useful when trying to flesh out the broad strokes of a story or experiment with different plot points. Plus, since the generated script is editable, writers can fine-tune it to their liking and make it their own. It’s eventually an intriguing vision of the future, where machines and humans work together to create something truly remarkable.

Writers Guild of America’s strike

All things considered, the Writers Guild of America’s strike serves as a reminder that the entertainment industry relies heavily on human creativity and labor. Despite the impressive advancements in natural language generation, AI technology is still incapable of replicating the complex nuances of human creativity and collaborative effort.

The focus should remain on ensuring that writers receive fair compensation and working conditions that support their art.

As the entertainment industry continues to evolve, it is crucial that the people who power it are not left behind!

Updated May 4, 2023
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