Writing 101

Can You Tell the Difference Between AI and Human Authorship?

Lots of people are worried about ChatGPT taking over Medium

Dr. Casey Lawrence
You’ve Been Informed!
8 min readFeb 20, 2023

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Being able to tell the difference between human writing and that generated by ChatGPT, a language model developed by OpenAI, is important in many situations. While ChatGPT has made remarkable advances in language generation, it is still not perfect and sometimes produces outputs that are distinguishable from human writing. Here are some ways to tell the difference between the two:

  1. Lack of Emotion: ChatGPT generates text based on patterns and relationships in the data it was trained on. However, it does not have emotions and experiences like a human, which means that the output may lack emotional depth and nuance.
  2. Repetition and Over-specificity: ChatGPT has been trained on a large corpus of text, which means that it may repeat certain phrases or expressions more often than a human writer would. Additionally, the model may provide overly specific details, such as excessively precise dates or locations, which can be a giveaway that the text was generated by a machine.
  3. Stilted or Awkward Phrasing: ChatGPT’s outputs can sometimes be stilted or awkward, as it does not always understand the contextual meaning of words or phrases…

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Dr. Casey Lawrence
You’ve Been Informed!

Canadian author of three LGBT YA novels. PhD from Trinity College Dublin. Check out my lists for stories by genre/type.