I’ve spent a significant amount of time exploring digital tools to see how they can help augment academic practice across areas of teaching, learning, and scholarship.
One tool I’ve found to be particularly promising is the AI writing tool Jasper.ai. It sells itself as ‘The Future of Writing’. Big claim!
In this blog post, I share just a small fraction of what it can do.
Below, you’ll find a writing sample I generated using Jasper.ai.
If one of your students handed this in, could you tell it was AI-generated?
Note. Everything from this point on was created by the AI ‘Jasper‘. I have not changed/edited a word! I’ll chime back in at the end with a reflection.
What is AI and how does it work?
AI, or artificial intelligence, is a branch of computer science that deals with creating intelligent machines that can think and work like humans.
There are many different types of AI, but some common examples include machine learning, natural language processing and computer vision.
- Machine learning is a type of AI that allows machines to learn from data and improve their performance over time. This is done by building algorithms, or mathematical models, that can automatically learn and improve from experience.
- Natural language processing is another type of AI that deals with understanding human language. This can be used for tasks such as automatic translation or voice recognition.
- Computer vision is another type of AI that deals with understanding and interpreting digital images. This can be used for tasks such as object recognition or facial recognition.
AI has many potential applications in the field of academia. For example, it can be used to help researchers write papers more efficiently by automatically generating drafts or suggesting references. It can also help us generate blog content to promote our research on our websites!
Potential for AI to help academics
AI can help us generate blog content to promote our research on our websites! It can also be used to help researchers write papers more efficiently by automatically generating drafts or suggesting references. This is just the beginning of how AI will change academia!
The benefits of using AI to write content
As someone who spends a lot of time writing, I [A reminder: the AI is writing this, not me] was naturally intrigued when I first heard about Jasper – an AI writer that promises to help you write better, faster and more efficiently.
Since using Jasper, I have found that it saves me a great deal of time on writing tasks big and small. For example, when writing articles, I no longer have to spend time editing and reworking my drafts to make them more concise – Jasper takes care of that for me.
What’s more, thanks to Jasper’s help, my writing has become more focused and on-point. No longer do I find myself going off on tangents or writing irrelevant filler material; every word I write now has a purpose.
Overall, I believe that the use of AI in writing is extremely beneficial. If you’re looking to save time and improve the quality of your writing, I highly recommend giving Jasper a try.
Examples of AI-generated content
Some examples of AI-generated content include:
– summaries of articles or texts
– translations of texts or documents
– transcripts of audio or video recordings
– blog posts or articles
– social media posts or comments
– chatbot conversations
– email responses or customer service queries
The future of AI and writing
As AI technology continues to develop and evolve, it’s likely that the use of AI writers like Jasper will become increasingly commonplace.
At present, AI writer Jasper is still in its early stages of development, but I believe that its potential is limitless. With time, I believe that Jasper – and other AI writing tools – will become even more advanced and effective, helping us to write better, faster and more efficiently than ever before.
So what does the future hold for AI and writing? Only time will tell – but one thing is certain: the role of AI in writing is sure to become increasingly significant in the years to come.
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Hi, it’s me again.
The ~600 words above took less than 10 minutes to generate. To create the content I used something called a ‘recipe’, in which you craft a structure and the AI fills in the gaps.
The implications of this technology raise many questions, not to mention the future of the essay as a form of assessment in the higher education sector.
But, should we be teaching our students how to use this 🤔
I’ve concluded that ‘writing’ with AI offers many opportunities for learning.
AI writers are tools that can lift our creativity to new heights.
But, the thing is, you still need some level of human intelligence to determine whether the content is any good, to fact-check it, and to know what to ask the AI writing so that it generates relevant content.
The human brain remains central to the process.
Learning how to use AI for writing will no doubt enable an acceleration of the number of outputs (or the time it takes to sustain current outputs), but we remain central to the process.
Conclusion: the technology is here, and there’s no way to put it back in the box.
Jasper is just one of many AI tools currently available. The most famous is probably ChatGPT. To get the most out of these tools for your academic writing, I created a phrasebook, full of writing prompts.
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NEW: AI Phrasebook for Academic Writing
I’ve recently upped my writing game by using Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools, like ChatGPT, to overcome the struggles of staring at a blank page. The AI Prompt Phrasebook for Academic Writing is my new resource for academic writing!
The AI Prompt Phrasebook for Academic Writing is a comprehensive resource with over 500 ‘prompts’ (i.e. those text instructions you use to get ChatGPT to create content) and it’s designed to help you overcome common academic writing challenges.
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FOR MORE DIGITAL TOOLS FOR ACADEMIC WRITING 👉 Read my blog post: 50+ Tools for PhD students and Scholars.