Can AI write your love story?

Senthil Nathan, CEO of Langscape, shares his views on how AI can change the publishing industry. But, is AI enough?


Before pondering over the question of the possibility of AI becoming romantic, I had this question: “How will AI affect the entire book publishing industry?”, and then I headed onto ChatGPT, the latest AI sensation, prompting it to answer. Check out ChatGPT’s response below:

AI is likely to have a significant impact on the book publishing industry in the coming years. Some of the ways AI could change the industry are:

  1. Writing assistance: AI algorithms are already being used to assist authors in writing, by suggesting words, phrases, and even entire sentences. In the future, AI may even be able to write complete books based on a certain style or genre.
  2. Editing and proofreading: AI tools can help editors and proofreaders in identifying grammar and spelling errors, as well as repetitive phrases and sentences. This can significantly speed up the editing process and make it more efficient.
  3. Book marketing and recommendation: AI algorithms can analyse data from reader preferences and purchase history to provide personalized book recommendations. This can increase book discoverability and drive sales.
  4. Predictive analytics: AI algorithms can analyse book sales data and provide publishers with insights into what types of books are likely to sell well in the future. This can help publishers make better decisions about which books to publish and promote.
  5. E-book reading experience: AI-powered e-reader devices can offer a more immersive reading experience by adapting to the reader’s preferences and habits. For example, the font size, line spacing, and background color could be adjusted based on the reader’s reading speed and comfort level.

In the publishing sector as a whole, AI has the ability to enhance various processes, from writing and editing to sales and marketing. ChatGPT assured its users, however, that human editors, marketers, and writers would still be necessary despite the rise of AI.

Amazing. And alarming too. Isn’t it? Our fears are also validated. What exactly is missing for me to edit and improve its response above? Is it acceptable or ethical to accept an AI output as such, and string together a few questions and answers into a piece and submit it to my editor as my piece? These questions aren’t going away anytime soon, but we need to look beyond them to get a sense of everything tagged with AI.

Role of AI in publishing…

Exactly what role will AI play on our board of editors or executives? There are many who accept AI on the condition that it can predict sales or proofread text. But software programs that can compose poetry? Oh, No. But AI’s usefulness lies in the grey area between the two extremes. Let’s stay in the editorial room for a moment: AI has the potential to be a fantastic tool for writing and editing, as well as translating between languages, text and audio, and so on. Its role will be nearly perfect in low-level tasks like transcription or voice. It only assists you in high-level tasks like writing or translation, but it saves you time and money. If the publishing industry wants to remain competitive, this is the kind of thing that needs to be planned. Of course, this is fine for academic and non-fiction writing but not for fiction. In the business world, we don’t talk about superintelligent robots or the singularity when we talk about artificial intelligence. Specifically, we’re discussing useful tools designed with specific goals in mind.

But what about the love story? Come on, write your own love story; AI won’t do it for you. Feed it tales of a million Layla and Majnun, and Romeo and Juliet, and perhaps it will assist you in creating a romantic English syntax. The idea of an AI writing a creative work may lead to the emergence of a new literary subgenre. Even if they create a tale using a tonne of data, it will still remain a machine story.

So let us move on from scary or romantic AI to areas where AI can be extremely useful to us: Nonfiction and knowledge texts written in a straightforward and neutral tone. AI writing assistants can help you research data, convert data into readable texts, convert texts to images and charts, compose rough draft, manipulate text indefinitely, transform text across media and languages, and so on. As an author, you may meet your readers in a metaverse tomorrow, just as you do today on social media. If you are a professional publisher who uses AI translation technologies, you will have a plethora of opportunities to reach a global audience. This is the place to be.

AI writing and translation tools are also widely available. In the development rooms of Ailaysa, an India-based AI writing and translation platform founded by techies with publishing backgrounds, we believe AI is ready for non-fiction titles. This cost and time savings can benefit publishers, especially in languages with fewer human resources and market size. Ailaysa is a platform that combines writing, translation, transcription, voice generation, and, in the near future, many other conversions. Authors who are fluent in two languages can now write their books in both languages at the same time, and publishers can reduce translation costs and time by up to 70%, allowing their books to reach the market faster.

Again. Your love story will not be written by AI, unless and until you both develop a romance between yourselves. Perhaps it will save you time, and let you leave the office early to gain experiences that will help you write a love story!

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