JUNE NEWSLETTER: Coping with generative AI in articles

Protect your publication against AI-generated text

You need a policy on text created using generative artificial intelligence (AI), such as ChatGPT, if you’re publishing a blog, newsletter, or other communication using articles that you haven’t personally written.

Here’s my policy.

To protect against allegations of plagiarism and copyright infringement, we have a policy on the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in preparing articles.

  • The writer agrees that all of their work is originally produced and not the product of any AI program, bot, or application.
  • Generative AI (such as ChatGPT) may not be used to write stories submitted to us unless the generative AI tool’s use is disclosed and the point of the text is to discuss the use of generative AI.
  • Generative AI may not be used to create images for use in stories submitted to us.
  • Any use of generative AI must be disclosed.

Forcing AI-generated text to sound more natural

If you must use AI-generated text, please try to make it sound more natural.

One way to do that is to rewrite it yourself. If that’s not an option, consider the tips in “ChatGPT and Tone: Avoid Sounding Like a Robot” on the Nielsen Norman Group blog.

Author Taylor Dykes’ advice:

Including several tone words or an example in the prompt, as well as asking for multiple alternatives, are more likely to produce satisfactory output from AI.

Dykes concludes, “Human brains are still the best tools in the content writer’s tool kit, and they should always look over ChatGPT-generated work.”

AI-generated headshot photos

I was surprised to learn in a neighborhood Facebook group about an AI-driven website that will generate “professional headshots” from selfies or other photos that you provide. Check it out at secta.ai.

You should also read one user’s objections to the overly prettified results from the AI tool.

Help your downsizing clients create their legacy

Decluttering to downsize might be challenging some of your clients. It’s partly a matter of how many decisions have to be made. After all, a mere one-inch stack of photos holds 100 pictures, according to a presentation I recently attended by Matt Paxton, host of the PBS program Legacy List. Another challenge is the emotions tied to the people and memories associated with one’s possessions.

I summarized some of Paxton’s tips in “Help your downsizing clients create their legacy.

Brown rice salad recipe

I enjoyed this brown rice salad, which I made with leftovers. I didn’t have most of the vegetables that the recipe called for, but I substituted others.

Thank you, engaged readers!

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