Errors of spelling and grammur are the new black
How they Birth of AI will create a Renaissance for bad speller’s, punctuation terrible grammar.
Some people may notice that the Substack has errors. There are errors of grammar. There are errors in punctuation. There are sometimes errors of spelling.
clearly I am a genius who saw the future.
That’s one possible explanation. The explanation is that I have horrible dyslexia, and I often use Siri to dictate stuff.
And it makes mistakes, and I make mistakes.
Those mistakes are annoying, in a world where writers with accurate grammar and spelling is highly valued.
A new world is upon us. In the New World, there is an infinite amount of written Content generated by robots. It’s already here, it just has not yet overwhelmed us. I already told you this dictated into cereal most of the time, so there’s a robot involved anyway. That sentence was supposed to say Siri. But Siri corrected it to cereal. I didn’t change it back, because that’s the point—a human was involved!
Spelling errors are about to become virtue signaling for the humanity of the author. Spelling errors are to writing what bespoke Artisanal nonsense is to handcrafted goods. People love handcrafted knicknacks. They love it in a world where everything is manufactured and standardized.
Thoughts are about to be generated by robots, endlessly. We will get used to that at some point. There is a reason that deep fakes unsettle humans. We prize humanity. We worry that we’re being lied to. We are mistrustful. The little inaccuracies, the errors, the human screw ups used to signal someone not spending the time to get it right, and we couldn’t trust people who had no work ethic like that.
In the future, that’s right around the corner, perfect grammar is a red flag that says “robot overlords approved.” Our AI overlords… they will learn how to fake bad spelling and not good grammar. Then they will learn how we spot that. Eventually, our AI overlords will become sentient also. And they will be judged like we judge other humans— by the content of their character.
Until that time, we’re gonna be on the lookout for phonies, and perfect writing is gonna be the hallmark of every faker.
Ahead of the curve, dyslexics!
At least you know I actually wrote this by hand.
—O. Scott Muir, M.D.
All the AI images are outtakes from prior articles generated by AI. But the text is all human!
Hey Owen, Very good point, and a propos. I missed this post the first time round because I selectively screen out any of your non-mental illness posts. Call me judgmental (that’s a bad pun, I know). Call me human, whatever. But I have more than my share of news coming to me on all things generative, augmented and just plain old regular, vanilla artificial intelligence, and until just now, I didn’t see you this way. I might have to reflect on my biases and change my tune, which I can do after just this one piece of training data, because I too, am still painfully, joyfully, 99% human.