Plagiarism machines meet lawsuit machines. May the best machine win.
The key to making a successful AI is...
- Snarf up everyone's creative output.
- Process it in a way that no one can understand, especially not the makers of the AI.
- Live on the fruits of the AI's successes.
I won't say the following is an example, because I have no idea how the AI works; this is a work of fiction and any resemblance to real persons or corporations is purely coincidental. But another AI, which we wouldn't be able to tell from this one, could do something that resembles a news story I saw. In any case, suppose Meta makes an AI that calls Zuckerberg "creepy and controlling" Where did that come from? We don't know. What are the odds that out there somewhere in the internet there is some nobody, followed by nobody, who once wrote just that phrase in a posting nobody read? And now the whole world can enjoy his lovely turn of speech, while (fictional) Meta can bask in the financially tangible adulation of all those eyeballs following their robot's way of putting things.
Now that's all well and good, but from the rest of practical industry we know what comes next: patent trolls, or in this case, copyright trolls. People make up the weirdest claims that Star Wars is really Dune, but we'll update it to the AI age. So there they are, trolling through a very expensive feed of all forum postings ever made, trying to pick out unsung pundits who once called Zuckerberg "creepy" or "conniving". The trolls need to pick good prospects they feel comfortable working with to file the lawsuit. That's a tough job, so they'll have to automate it, which means that authors looking for a copyright troll will have a lot of trouble getting a hearing. You see where I'm going with this...
Now we need the literary agents and PR/SEO specialists who can support the aspiring writer in his quest for creative recognition. The writer needs to create a fertile body of work that is prone to be plagiarized, or prone to look like what an AI might plagiarize. Then he needs to make his case to a copyright troll, much as a writer of a previous era might have made a case to a publisher. For the copyright troll to take on a case for someone is a big investment, but the major AIs receive a substantial portion of the total entertainment income of society. The payouts are unfathomable: even a small fraction of a settlement can make an author's career. That would leave the author all the time in the world to go back to doing what authors do - writing provocative statements and posting them to forums where no one will read them ... except perhaps copyright trolls, and the omniscient AIs who sit in judgment over us all.