A celebrated Japanese writer discloses that she wrote her novel via ChatGPT

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If you use ChatGPT properly, it can actually help you succeed greatly in the literary world. But is it appropriate to write something as distinctive as a work of fiction, particularly if you’re a well-known author already? Though it’s a contentious subject, a Japanese author who just won a prize for her work appears unafraid to use ChatGPT to compose a book. And really, why ought she to? After all, the AI chatbot is assisting her in getting recognized for her efforts with an award.

Author Rie Kudan won one of the most prestigious literary awards in Japan for her book called “The Tokyo Tower of Sympathy”. However, she candidly admitted that AI played a huge role in shaping her book in her acceptance speech.“I plan to continue to profit from the use of AI in the writing of my novels, while letting my creativity express itself to the fullest,” the 33-year-old Kudan said, She was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for the best work of fiction.

AI is one of the themes in the book

Kudan went on to say that about 5% of her book “The Tokyo Tower of Sympathy” was generated word by word by artificial intelligence. Interestingly, AI is a motif in the book. The contributor added that she talks to ChatGPT about problems she feels unable to discuss with others. “When the AI did not say what I expected,” she said, “I sometimes reflected my feelings in the lines of the main character.”

Writer and award committee member Keiichiro Hirano said on X (formerly known as Twitter) that the committee did not consider Rie Kudan’s usage of AI to be problematic. Hirano clarified, “It seems there’s a misunderstanding about Rie Kudan’s award-winning work being written using generative AI… If you read it, you’ll see that generative AI was mentioned in the work. While there might be concerns about this kind of usage in the future, it’s not the case with ‘Tokyo Sympathy Tower.'”

Many authors have made a case Against the AI Chatgpt Business

Conversely, last year, eminent writers including George R. R. Martin, Jodi Picoult, and John Grisham participated in a class action lawsuit against OpenAI, the business behind ChatGPT. They said that to train its systems to produce more human-like responses, OpenAI used copyrighted content.

More than ten thousand writers, including well-known authors like Margaret Atwood, Roxane Gay, and James Patterson, sent an open letter. They asked AI industry leaders to consider authors’ permission before utilizing their work to train large-scale language models in the letter. They also supported paying authors fairly for their contributions to these models.

About the book

Tokyo Sympathy Tower is set shortly, in a society where artificial intelligence is paramount. “One of the themes of the book is the way that soft and fuzzy words’ muddle ideas about justice, and it is to reproduce these that Kudan turned to ChatGPT,” writes the London Times’ Richard Lloyd Parry. Architect Sara Makina, one of the book’s main characters, designs a tower in Tokyo for the “compassionate rehabilitation for criminals,” but she grows “misgivings about the project.”

By: Gursharan Kaur

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