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[*] posted on 3/30/2013 at 10:43 PM
Assault on Writers From Automated Software


Excerpt from the HuffingtonPost article:

"And now there is still another assault on writers that is already here and will only get worse. The assault comes in the form of automated software that writes books and articles, further eliminating the potential jobs for writers. Sure the advantage of the software is that it can do a lot of routine writing tasks much faster and more cheaply, and as the software gets better and better -- just a matter of time, it can do more and more sophisticated writing, and the more it sounds like a real writer is writing the book and article, the more writers will be displaced. Consider the writer just another casualty of the technology revolution -- much like outsourcing and automation has eliminated many factory and service jobs to other countries, especially in Asia, or an army of helpful robots."

Link to full article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/gini-graham-scott/automated-writing-t...




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[*] posted on 3/31/2013 at 08:47 AM


Nah, 'cause until artificial intelligence is perfect (and since natural intelligence isn't perfected, I see no indication AI ever will be), automation will never be able to get the nuances of emotion and humor into writing that humans can. Yes, product descriptions and technical writing at the beginning levels might be able to be displaced--but those were the low-paying end of the writing profession anyway.

The one job I think will never be displaced is that of the storyteller. Not necessarily the writer, but the storyteller. Legend, mythos, history... future. It all comes down to who can tell and retell a story in a way that people want to hear, read or know it.




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[*] posted on 3/31/2013 at 10:40 AM


The one thing I still donít understand is spam. I mean, truly, does *anyone* see a thread on their favorite forum written by someone named ouieruandewiodak in broken English and actually GO to the jewelry site they are pushing to see if thereís anything they like?

Does spam actually work? I canít imagine how stupid someone would have to be to seriously follow the links in a spam post.




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[*] posted on 3/31/2013 at 11:00 AM


Sometimes it's not about people following the links but about getting backlinks on popular sites that give their post or their site more 'street cred' with google-fu so their page rank is higher and they appear higher in search engine rankings. So in that case, getting a post or a profile on a popular forum will work... the more 'realistic' their post appears, the less likely automated spam-bot detectors are to remove it, so they only need the link to be up long enough for the forum to be indexed by Google. If the google-bot comes by and indexes the link, it doesn't come by and remove the link index later if the thread goes away. So as long as the link exists once, when the google-bot comes by, then they get a few months worth of google-fu out of the link, and if they can automate that process several times, then the site they are building or pushing starts organically showing up higher in searches for the keywords for that site.

THAT is the reason people do forum and online spam in your comments on blogs and such.

As for email spam, most of those are trojans or back door viruses that run advertising campaigns that mess up your browser or your browsing experience or your search engine so they are making money off of you while you're surfing or searching, without your ever having to buy anything.

So it's not about getting people to click links and buy things. It's about something far more sinister really.




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[*] posted on 4/1/2013 at 06:04 AM


Quote: Originally posted by Michy  
...As for email spam, most of those are trojans or back door viruses that run advertising campaigns that mess up your browser or your browsing experience or your search engine so they are making money off of you while you're surfing or searching, without your ever having to buy anything...

So how does that work? If there's a spam email sitting in my inbox that somehow gmail didn't tag as spam, but I don't open it or read it, does it do anything? How about if I do open and read it, but never click on anything, and then I delete it?




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[*] posted on 4/1/2013 at 12:09 PM


It doesn't do anything if you don't open it. But that's where numbers come in. If they send it to 10,000 or 100,000 people, at least a few are bound to open it. Of those few, someone doesn't have virus protection.

You're safe. You do what you're supposed to in order to protect your computer. But a lot of people don't.

And a lot of people, out of sheer curiosity, do click those links. Some click it out of sheer stupidity. Porn surfers are the biggest target, 'cause they can't resist the 'naughty' possibility.

Those wanting to lose weight, have bigger penises, and such like that, will sometimes click those links too... you'd be amazed.





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[*] posted on 4/1/2013 at 01:39 PM


Oddly, I could deal with a little MORE weight and a SMALLER penis, but I digress. :lol:



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[*] posted on 4/1/2013 at 03:09 PM


Glad I'm not alone, Derek....



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