July 28, 2023
In this week’s edition: AI developers can’t tell AI-generated text from text written by humans, an Arkansas law concerning “obscene” books takes effect, how the National Braille Press makes books available to blind readers, alternatives to Google Docs, and more.
OpenAI can’t tell if something was written by AI after allThe VergeOpenAI has decided to discontinue a tool designed to differentiate between human and AI writing due to its low accuracy rate.
Arkansas libraries revise policies in anticipation of law on ‘obscene’ content taking effectArkansas AdvocateLibrarians across Arkansas are preparing in different ways for a new state law set to take effect next week that changes how libraries handle controversial material. One library system is preemptively planning monthly visits to a courthouse to handle book challenges.
How the National Braille Press Brings Books to Blind ReadersPublishers WeeklyBlind readers engage with braille text in both print and electronic form, in addition to audiobooks, text-to-speech, large text, and other modes of reading. The National Braille Press publishes popular books in braille as well as its own books by blind authors.
Married to the mob: the rise of the smartphone in fictionThe GuardianAuthors are starting to embrace smartphones as key plot points.
Is Google Docs Safe for Writers? Exploring AlternativesDigital Technology GuruWhile Google claims they won’t use your information without permission, obtaining this permission can be easily overlooked.
From Pet Cemetery Owner to Identity Thief to Best-Selling GhostwriterNew York TimesOne writer’s unlikely path to creative success.