- One online publisher says it will stop posting after being inundated with articles written by AI.
- Clarkesworld typically pays new writers up to $2,640 for accepting short story submissions.
- The magazine received 500 articles flagged for plagiarism in February alone, according to its founding editor.
Fantasy and science fiction magazine Clarkesworld stopped accepting submissions after being inundated with short stories written by AI.
Online publishers typically accept short story submissions from new authors and pay them if they publish their novels.You can pay up to $2,640 per story. per its website.
But Clarkesworld’s founding editor, Neil Clarke, said the magazine received more than 500 submissions flagged for plagiarism in the first 20 days of February.
The journal typically receives less than 30 such flagged submissions per month. Clarke wrote in a February 15th blog post titled “A Concerning Trend.”
He attributes the surge to the growing popularity of text-based artificial intelligence tools.
“Towards the end of 2022, plagiarism surged again, and then ‘AI’ chatbots started to gain traction, adding new tools to our arsenal and encouraging us to try this ‘side hustle’,” he said. I am writing.
“It quickly got out of hand,” writes Clarke. On Monday, he updated his post to say he had temporarily closed his submission.
He wrote that he noticed “obvious patterns” in the flagged submissions that indicated they were likely generated by AI.
However, he declined to share his findings, saying, “I’m not going to help make those people less likely to get caught.”
Clark wrote that it was clear that the magazine’s usual business model was “unsustainable” and that the rise of AI tools would likely “increase barriers for new and international authors.” .
“Not only will it just go away by itself, there’s no solution. There’s some tinkering, but this isn’t a Whack-A-Mole game that everyone can ‘win’,” Clark wrote. .
The editor said he spoke with other editors in the publishing market and reported a trend of posting AI-generated articles.
“No, it’s not a short fictional death (please stop that nonsense), but it will complicate things,” Clark added.
Meanwhile, Amazon’s Kindle store is seeing a proliferation of e-books crediting OpenAI’s artificial intelligence tool, ChatGPT, as an author or co-author. Reuters reported.
At least 200 such e-books, including poetry collections and guides on how to use ChatGPT itself, were on the Amazon marketplace as of mid-February, according to the outlet.
There is also a proliferation of books about AI tools themselves. As of Wednesday, more than 1,000 of his e-books with the term “ChatGPT” in the title have been published on Amazon stores in the past 30 days.
1 AI-assisted author, Fintech Product Designer Ammaar Reshireceived widespread backlash after it said it published a picture book in December using ChatGPT and Midjourney, an AI art generator.
Reshi said she published the book to give to a friend and was shocked by the angry reaction online.
Clarke did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.