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Stephen Downes

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I have to say that I'm not really feeling threatened by AI-authored content. But as Ben Dickson reports, Medium - which charges subscription fees for 'Membership' content - is struggling. Though its writers are prohibited from uploading AI-generated content, they have no real incentive not to, and Medium has no real way to detect it. According to Dickson, "business models that will work in the age of AI-generated content are those that directly connect content creators to consumers." Maybe. But we will have to get past the idea that they are 'content creators' and think of them as something else. For while we may 'create' content, that's hardly the half of it.

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