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If you ask ChatGPT to write a novel, are you the creator or the consumer? Stephen Marche says you’re both. Stephen “wrote” the first ever fully AI-generated novella, Death of an Author, by extensively prompting three different generative AI programs. “I am the creator of this work, 100 percent. But, on the other hand, I didn’t create the words,” he told The New York Times, which ran a front-page profile on him. He’s a novelist with a PhD in Shakespeare who’s been following and writing about AI for years in outlets like The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and he has a personal connection with the foremost innovators in the field. Stephen has a unique understanding of how the line between human and machine is blurring, and he’ll show you why the arts, the humanities, and human creativity are more important now than ever before.
“Brilliant . . . Marche has created a stunning, evocative, and impressionistic account of the ascent of wealth in the twentieth century.”
— Booklist, starred review
Stephen has predicted the effects generative AI will have on industries since 2019. Now, his predictions are coming true. As one example, the release of ChatGPT is challenging everything within education, giving us the opportunity to rethink the role of teachers, students, and what education is even for. “We’ve been teaching students how to write like machines for a long time,” Stephen says, “and now we’re going to have to teach them how to write like human beings.”
Stephen explores the thorny problems that plague humanity, whether that’s political polarization, inequality, or the complex yet promising generative AI technology. “Artificial intelligence is an ethical quagmire,” he writes in “The Chatbot Problem” published in The New Yorker. The piece explores the gendered and racialized implications of our speech and how that bias can be encoded in our technology. Stephen poses the question: What is an ethical framework for the distribution of language? And more importantly, what does language do to people?
By collaborating with AI like ChatGPT, Marche has written an audio novella titled Death of an Author. He wrote the book by using three different AI programs—ChatGPT, Sudowrite, and Cohere—and his work was profiled in The New York Times. “I am the creator of this work, 100 percent,” he says, “but, on the other hand, I didn’t create the words.”
Marche has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, and Esquire, where he wrote a monthly column. Stephen is also the author of the blockbuster book The Next Civil War. This stunning piece of speculative non-fiction “should be required reading for anyone interested in preserving our 246-year experiment in self-government” (The New York Times Book Review). His previous books include three novels: Hunger of the Wolf, Raymond and Hannah, and Shining at the Bottom of the Sea.
Feedback on Stephen has been wonderful! Very good speaker and interesting topic. We would like to have him back next year.Medical Review Institute of America