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A Writer's Dilemma: AI-Written Books

There's a lot of buzz about all the possibilities AI is bringing to the table. From planning a vacation to writing HTML code, the sky appears to be the limit in what we humans might use it for. As with all technology advancements, though, there are upsides and downsides. Many writers out there have valid concerns about the ability to use AI to write books. In fact, this is already happening, with many AI books being published. What's concerning is more than the livelihood possibly being taken from authors. The humanity  of said books is being stripped away; the blood, sweat, and tears that go into writing a novel. For the reader, the pleasure of knowing that a human somewhere conjured up the ideas, characters, plot, and more from their brain, experiences, and, yes, even partialities to create a story for others to enjoy is in danger of being unknown and unappreciated. As the book landscape changes, it might become difficult for readers to discern what is a human-written book an
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