Copy AI Is a Freelancer’s Worst Nightmare

Freelance writers have always been our own editors — now we’re just supposed to edit Copy AI articles?

Assad Abderemane
4 min readOct 24, 2022

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Candid picture of me drinking an empty cup of tea and watching an AI write entire articles as my soul slowly leaves my body. (Source)

Writer, if that’s your real name, do you want to keep in touch with the emptiness within? Do you want to feel hollow on the inside? Do you, for some reason, need your creativity to just go ✨poof✨, gone into the ether?

If you somehow answered yes to these questions, read on, I guess. If you answered no, come seethe, commiserate and have a laugh with me.

“Writers hate writing,” we often hear in our circles. It’s both a joke and a little bit true sometimes. But tech bros have really taken our pain to heart, so in the age-old habit of finding a solution to a problem they engineered, they gave us Copy AI.

And Jasper AI.

And Hypotenuse AI.

And WriteSonic.

And another bunch of AI writers that do the same thing Dall-E, Midjourney and other AI art generators do — that is to say, mine treasure troves of images and articles and paintings and novels and illustrations and advertising copy and digital art made by indie artists who watch their art style get plagiarized by scornful tech enthusiasts, to then replicate it all and claim it as theirs.

Pretty darn nifty, isn’t it?

Remember how tech bros thought NFTs would save artists from art theft but, turns out, people just used them to steal art, make NFTs out of them, then sell them? It’s a “history doesn’t repeat but often rhymes” kind of moment for writers and artists right now. At the very heart of the zeitgeist and not at all profiting from any of it — we love to see it.

Artists have an advantage over writers in this new environment, though. For example, AI art generators suck at drawing eyes — my theory is that it’s because the eye is the window to the soul and AI art generators notoriously don’t have any, but don’t take my word for it. So when someone prompts an AI art generator to produce a picture of a woman’s face, it’ll look good from afar, but when you zoom in, her eyes are going to look positively weird.

But do you know what the prompt author will do about this jarring flaw? Absolutely…

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Assad Abderemane

Writer based in France. Words at Level, Elemental, Gen, Human Parts, etc. Email: abderemane.m.assad@gmail.com