Man Uses AI to Write 97 Terrible Books, Sells $2,000 Worth

Book It A man says he’s written almost 100 books using AI since August 2022 and made around $2,000, according to a first-hand account he wrote for Newsweek. While a perusal of the books in question reveals the barest of plots and character development, they serve as curious AI-generated novelties that tantalizingly suggest the technology’s potential — or, depending on your point of view, entrepreneurs’ willingness to exploit the novelty of new tech for a handful of sales. Novel Situation To generate ideas and text, Tim Boucher wrote in Newsweek that he harnessed OpenAI’s ChatGPT and Anthropic’s Claude — a rival text generator started by ex-OpenAI employees  — and used Midjourney to create images to go along with his stories. Boucher’s books, all available on the market place Gumroad, range from about 2,000 to more than 83,000 words and are priced from $1.99 to $5.99. Boucher said it takes him about six to eight hours to produce a book, from start to finish. “In some instances, I’ve been able to produce a volume in as little as three hours, everything included,” he wrote. AI on the Prize At the time of the publication of his Newsweek article, which he admitted was itself 60 percent generated by ChatGPT, Boucher said he was about ready to release his 97th book. The books feature esoteric-sounding titles like Mysterious Hum and The Zalachete Fairy. A quick read of one of them, Inside the Hypogeum, a story about an underground cave temple, reveals a meandering explainer of…Man Uses AI to Write 97 Terrible Books, Sells $2,000 Worth

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