What AI writing will always lack: wit

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Real writers have wit. AI doesn’t. And that is unlikely to change. Christopher S Penn did a fascinating comparison of how an advanced AI tool, GPT-J-6B, completes writing content based on patterns it has digested from massive amounts of source material. His conclusion: I am bullish on AI creating content at scale. I am bearish … Continued

Jay Acunzo’s Break the Wheel: Looking askance at best practices

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You ought to read Jay Acunzo’s first book, Break the Wheel: Question Best Practices, Hone Your Intuition, and Do Your Best Work. But only if you’re willing to think a bit. There is, in theory, a best way to do anything. There is a best way to change your oil, write a business letter, evaluate … Continued

An Unthinkable podcast — clarity in audio storytelling

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I’ve done lots of podcasts. Jay Acunzo’s “Unthinkable” stands out. It’s a good example of how structure and some extra work make stories better, whether that’s in words or in recorded sound. The typical podcast I do is an interview. I get on the phone or Skype with somebody, they ask questions, and I respond. They … Continued