Scammers Are Using AI to Sell Ripped Off Versions of Other People’s Books

It seems that scammers who use AI to mimic actual human writers are getting smarter, after a British journalist found a memoir that bore a shocking resemblance to his own that he’d just published — except that this one was full of made-up stories and was published under a different name than his. In an interview with The Guardian, former BBC tech reporter Rory Cellan-Jones said that when he went to Amazon to check his author bio, he found something he hadn’t written: a biography, penned by someone (or something) else, about his life. “I thought: ‘This is strange — who’s writing a biography of me?'” Cellan-Jones told the paper. “It’s difficult enough for me to sell books about myself, [let alone] for other people to sell books about me.” The book, published under the name “Steven Walryn,” was nominally a biography of the BBC alum, but turned out to be a “complete fantasy” that strongly appeared to be generated by AI. Its story diverged almost comically from the author’s actual book, “Ruskin Park: Sylvia, Me and the BBC,” detailing the sordid love affair between his single mother and his absentee father. “There are passages about the Cellan-Joneses, an academic family sat around the table,” the true author said. “His father, a kindly academic; his mother, a teacher.” “Just complete baloney,” Cellan-Jones quipped. To make matters that much worse, the real Cellan-Jones told The Guardian that after he looked at the book online, he got an email from Amazon recommending the same…Scammers Are Using AI to Sell Ripped Off Versions of Other People’s Books

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