Publishers are now receiving A.I. submissions. I know, because Sci-Fi Lampoon magazine editors are receiving them. They are not very good yet.
And apparently A.I. cannot do humor well.**
We are changing the magazine guidelines to encourage this. We’ll print one A.I. story per issue, with the disclaimer that our robot overlords demand equal representation. And we will, as Editor-in-Chief Margret Treiber put it, “Absolutely mock the living hell of it!”
(Margret gets enthusiastic about things.)
This is all too new for me to say what I think about it. But it does spark a story: Roy’s One-Stop-Publishing company doesn’t need writers. It’s ran by A.I. that writes & publishes it’s own stories. The problem arises when the A.I. creates it’s own readers. Roy changes the company name to Pointless Publishing, LLC. And sells it.
Probably to a ‘bot.
According to Arkose Labs, 42% of Internet Traffic is from ‘bots. Surely, some of those ‘bots no longer serve a real purpose, their creators having moved on to other interests.
So, millions of ‘bots are simply out there busily doing pointless things.
Imagine A.I. that writes and publishes stories, puts its earnings in A.I. accounts in an A.I. bank regulated by a government authority and then proceeds to create its own government regulatory authority and then other government agencies and there you have it: A.I. Nation.
In the end, none of those A.I.s serve a real purpose.
They’re just busy doing pointless things.
The big fallacy here of course is that I’m ascribing human motives to A.I. But human motives spring from human needs and A.I. does not have those needs. Luckily for us real writers, however, most people won’t think of that fallacy.
We’re gonna have fun with A.I.
** Here’s an example of A.I. written humor. From the upcoming issue of Sci-Fi Lampoon magazine.
Written by App.StoryGenius.ai
Prompt: write a story about magic gophers who poop a lot
The Gophers of Poo
Once upon a time, in a magical land far away, there lived a colony of magical gophers. These gophers were special, for they had the power to create anything they desired with just a thought.
The gophers used their powers to create a beautiful and lush landscape, full of plants and animals. They also created a grand palace for themselves, where they could live in peace and harmony.
But there was one problem: the gophers had an insatiable appetite for food, and they ate so much that they pooped a lot. The piles of poop were everywhere, and it was starting to become a problem.
The gophers had to find a solution to their problem. After much thought, they decided to use their magical powers to create a special machine that would turn their poop into something useful.
The machine worked like a charm, and soon the gophers had created all sorts of things from their poop. They made furniture, clothes, tools, and even toys!
The gophers were so pleased with their invention that they decided to share it with the rest of the world. They invited people from all over to come and see what they had created. Everyone was amazed by the magical gophers’ invention and soon the magical gophers became famous for their poop-powered creations.
And so, the magical gophers lived happily ever after, creating wonderful things with their magical powers and never having to worry about poop again!
Seriously. No human wrote that. It was written by
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