TOKYO: The winner of Japan’s most prestigious literary award has acknowledged that about “5 per cent” of her futuristic novel was penned by ChatGPT, saying generative AI had helped unlock her potential.
For the reason that 2022 launch of ChatGPT, an easy-to-use AI chatbot that may ship an essay upon request inside seconds, there have been rising worries in regards to the affect on a spread of sectors – books included.
Lauded by a choose for being “virtually flawless” and “universally pleasant”, Rie Kudan’s newest novel, Tokyo-to Dojo-to (Sympathy Tower Tokyo), bagged the biannual Akutagawa Prize on Wednesday (Jan 17).
Set in a futuristic Tokyo, the guide revolves round a high-rise jail tower and its architect’s intolerance of criminals, with AI a recurring theme.
The 33-year-old writer overtly admitted that AI closely influenced her writing course of as properly.
“I made lively use of generative AI like ChatGPT in scripting this guide,” she instructed a ceremony following the winner’s announcement.
“I might say about 5 per cent of the guide quoted verbatim the sentences generated by AI.”
Exterior of her artistic exercise, Kudan stated she continuously toys with AI, confiding her innermost ideas that “I can by no means speak to anybody else about”.
ChatGPT’s responses generally impressed dialogue within the novel, she added.
Going ahead, she stated she needs to maintain “good relationships” with AI and “unleash my creativity” in co-existence with it.
When contacted by AFP, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Literature, the Akutagawa award’s organiser, declined to remark.
On social media, opinions have been divided on Kudan’s unorthodox strategy to writing, with sceptics calling it morally questionable and doubtlessly undeserving of the prize.
“So she wrote the guide by deftly utilizing AI … Is that gifted or not? I do not know,” one wrote on X, previously referred to as Twitter.
However others celebrated her resourcefulness and the trouble she put into experimenting with numerous prompts.
“So that is how the Akutagawa laureate makes use of ChatGPT – to not slack off however to ‘unleash creativity'”, one other social media person wrote.