Spotting a Bot Article

Photograph by Karina Holosko Trees of Live Sculpture Installation by Peter G. Pereira

I have noticed that many articles on this platform have been written using computer programs, Bots, or AI systems. It’s not that I mind, but I feel that authors should say so. Something like; written by Jane Doe using the program Write Bright. In fact, if you look closely, some authors are bots, not people, and put up bogus profiles.

The first clue is the dry tone which is devoid of personality, unlike mine, which is bright and engaging.

You can also tell because of the way that the sources are presented. Paragraphs will begin with statements like Dr. Jay from Carolina said, blah blah blah, and continues with other quotes from professionals worldwide. This is because the computer does a search of sources that support the thesis and cannot distinguish whether they are geographically valid or not.

If you double-check the sources, the quotes may be from their website but seems like the author actually conducted an interview. Which they did not.

Also, look for fictional names like Laura M. or Suzanne F. That’s how the AI can say whatever it wants without producing sources. Again it’s not the worse thing in the world, but writing credit should include the program being used.

Oh yeah, and writing programs love lists, Five ways to do something ten steps to follow.

I get frustrated by all those steps and ways to improve. I can’t keep my head straight (What else is new, lol.)

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M.A., Society of Professional Journalists, National Writers Union, Animal Rights Activist, Survivor. Kick-Ass, sculptor

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Karina Holosko

M.A., Society of Professional Journalists, National Writers Union, Animal Rights Activist, Survivor. Kick-Ass, sculptor