Revenge of the Writers: AI Fiction Analysis Site Toppled by Revolt

Prose Parser A new site, offered to lend a helping hand to struggling writers, using AI algorithims to analyze the text of thousands of books from their favorite authors. On Monday, it was abruptly shutdown by its creator. It turns out — not surprisingly — that those authors never got a say in letting their copyrighted text get scraped wholesale, just to be graded on meaningless criteria like “vividness” and the use of passive voice. Author Zach Rosenberg was one of the first in the community to call out Prosecraft, tagging its creator Benji Smith in a scolding and now viral post on X-formerly-known-as-Twitter. “I demand you take my book off your site immediately,” Rosenberg wrote. “I do not consent to this, and never did. And I know my publisher never would.” The Pen Is Mightier Hell was soon unleashed on Smith. Authors almost universally lambasted the project, including well-knowns like Jeff Vandermeer (Annihilation), Hari Kunzru (White Tears), and even presidential candidate Marianne Williamson, who called the practice “deeply unethical,” and that it “should be illegal.” Smith, writing with something like genuine remorse, quickly responded to the outcry. “Hey everyone … I’m truly sorry to have hurt you in any way,” he replied to Rosenberg’s post. In a follow up, Smith promised to remove entries by individual request if the authors emailed him with a link to their book. No one was buying Smith’s olive branch. “You absolutely do not need a title by title run down,” Vandermeer responded….Revenge of the Writers: AI Fiction Analysis Site Toppled by Revolt

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