Redefining Writing in the Gen AI Age

Tools like GPT and voice-to-text software redefine the concept of writing, this article reflects on personal experiences with dyslexia, and the transformative power of journaling.


Jared Lukes

1/18/20242 min read

The Disruption of Traditional Writing

Watching tools like GPT unfold and reshape industries, especially writing, is fascinating. Initially, these advancements seemed to pose a direct threat to traditional professions like writing, photography, and research. This change is understandable, considering how language models function and the initial misconceptions about their capabilities in writing.

A Personal Struggle with Writing

As someone who has navigated life with dyslexia and limited keyboarding skills, the journey through various professional lives, from programming to running a digital agency and corporate research, was challenging. The anxiety of reading and writing tasks due to dyslexia was a constant battle, only mitigated (for me) by the advent of spellchecks and digital aids. I have Siri read my emails to me before sending them because I can HEAR mistakes I have no hope of ever seeing.

The Power of Journaling and Self-Reflection

Journaling, a task once daunting due to my dyslexia, transformed with the introduction of audio recording on mobile devices. The habit of recording thoughts and listening back became a powerful tool for self-improvement. This practice, often more enlightening than following self-improvement gurus, helped me develop an eventual sense of respect for my thoughts and storytelling abilities.

Embracing Technology as an aid to Thinkers and Storytellers

The journey from absolutely cringing at my own recorded thoughts to respecting them marked a significant transformation. As a thinker and humorist, the art of storytelling and comedy became an integral part of my identity. However, the persistent challenges of dyslexia and typing inefficiency remained. The emergence of tools like and chat-based writing assistants revolutionized my writing process, helping to overcome these barriers.

Writing Tools as Extensions, Not Replacements

Despite the technological assistance in writing, I never felt it undermined the authenticity of my work. These tools acted more as extensions of my thought process, offering necessary guidance and organization without diluting the essence of my ideas. This realization made me question the traditional definition of a writer in the modern digital landscape.

A Shift in Perspective

As digital tools evolve, the fear of them replacing human roles diminishes. Instead, there's a growing recognition of their role in augmenting human creativity and productivity. The future might demand proficiency in these tools, not as replacements for human skills but as enhancements to our natural abilities. This does not mean that we will keep these tools confined to these places or that they will not ever be capable further, but for now, there is an amount of it I find perfectly acceptable.

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The Future of Human Potential Beyond Brute Force Skills

As we enter an era where AI alleviates the need for brute force learning, such as typing, memorization of the periodic table, or intricate coding, it prompts a profound shift in human cognitive development. No longer bound by the necessity to cram information, our minds may transition from memorization to mastering the art of correlation and conceptual understanding. This transition could unlock unprecedented creative and analytical capabilities, allowing us to delve deeper into problem-solving, innovation, and abstract thinking. Daniel Pink will be doing backflips.

The future might see humans excel in areas where emotional intelligence, empathy, and creativity reign supreme, for a time. In this new landscape, our mental energy could be redirected to more complex, fulfilling tasks that nurture our human essence, opening up unexplored realms of intellectual and creative expression. Perhaps even to achieve our elusive utopias of human abundance and the end of war and suffering.