After learning that the majority of the stories were simply AI-written, Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke has temporarily halted accepting submissions from unidentified writers.
The popularity of AI-powered tools like ChatGPT and Google Bard has led to an increase in stolen content in recent submissions to an online magazine that specializes in publishing science fiction stories.
With the emergence of technologies like ChatGPT, Clarkesworld editor Neil Clarke has noticed an increase in the number of AI-written stories submitted to his science fiction publication.
Like in the instance of Neil Clarke, a resident of New Jersey, the typical day of an editor include editing a piece and looking through the submissions that will be published in the upcoming issue.
He observed that there was a significant amount of AI-generated content on them while he was engaged in eliminating superfluous details from a piece.
Around 50 stories that he checked before midday were marked as AI-generated, according to Buzzfeed News. He momentarily stopped accepting the other stories due to the unexpected spike in these submissions.
Writers can submit their science fiction works to Clarkesworld in order to supplement their income. 12 cents per word are paid by the internet publication. Some short story authors might make up to $2,640 for only one piece.
Unfortunately, as more applications similar to ChatGPT become accessible, some users misuse their use. Clarke said that more than 500 applications failed the plagiarism test in the first 20 days of February.
Clarke explained in his earlier blog that the online magazine used to identify submissions with less than 30 citations for plagiarism. The most recent case appears to be considerably distinct from the typical count.
In Clarke’s words, “Near the end of 2022, there was another rise in plagiarism, and then ‘AI’ chatbots started garnering some attention, placing a new tool in their toolbox and encouraging more to try this side hustle’.”
According to the reports, there are “clear trends” that indicate a story is most likely to be run on an AI platform, according to a Business Insider report. He did not go into further detail, though, about his observations of these signs.
The media outlet contacted Clarke’s team to get confirmation that some stories unquestionably contain a tonne of AI information. Once more, they kept their opinions to themselves.
Clark is nevertheless optimistic that there are still writers who can excel without the aid of AI. What he wants is for the team to reopen submissions at some point in the future.