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Content At Scale AI Detector Review: Promising or Another Bust?

We are in an age of transition: the middle ground between the rise and universal adoption of AI. Because of this, a need exists to govern AI content both online and in our classrooms. One such way is through AI detectors. In this article, we'll look into Content At Scale and discover what makes their AI detection tool special.
Updated October 11, 2023

As a digital native, I grew up consuming blog content. I’ve read them all, from the newest tech innovations to niche content. Lately, I’ve been noticing a worrying trend — something that I couldn’t ignore anymore:

They’re all starting to sound the same.

It’s not wrong to use AI to write content — in fact, I’m a big fan of using Bard for research whenever I write articles. However, it’s also essential that there’s still a writer behind your content. Personality and creativity are how you capture people’s attention, not just information. AI tools like ChatGPT just don't have the capacity for imagination… yet.

Even when I ask for something creative it still feels robotic to me. Maybe it's just me.

This is the problem with AI: the tech community seemingly switched overnight to become over-reliant on ChatGPT and others like it. And this must be regulated and mitigated, especially in sectors such as education and content creation.

Content At Scale which also duals as an AI-powered SEO content writing platform, has its very own AI content detector. It's goal was to create super readable articles that don't sound robotic at all, so they wanted to make a detector to help quantify this.

What is Content At Scale?

Content At Scale is a complete AI-powered content creation suite that helps businesses, freelancers, and copywriters produce high-quality content that ranks. It can generate long-form articles, blog posts, and other types of content in minutes using inputs such as keywords, YouTube URLs, podcast feeds, and existing blog posts.

Content At Scale Landing Page

However, we're only here to discuss one tool within their platform: the AI detector. The Content At Scale detection tool is trained on a wide range of blogs, independent websites, articles, and LLMs to ensure accuracy, especially since false positives are becoming more of an issue every passing day.

How It Works

Content At Scale’s AI detector is one of the most straightforward tools I’ve used in this space. All you need is the text, paste it on their editor, press “Check For AI Content,” and wait.

The detector outputs a human probability scale of 0% to 100%. Furthermore, you'll also get text highlights on your input, which have the following meanings:

  • Green: High chance of being human-written.
  • Yellow: Unclear if AI or human.
  • Orange: Likely to be AI content.
  • Red: Highly likely to be AI content.
Content At Scale Sample Text

Who Should Use Content At Scale?

Content At Scale's AI detector, like the rest of its features, is primarily aimed at content creators and businesses. There's no telling whether or not Google will penalize AI content in the future — but it's better to be safe than sorry. This detector protects your articles against possible sanctions in SEO ranking.

However, educators can also use this tool to fight academic dishonesty. Students have been abusing ChatGPT and other AI tools for too long, and it's good to have an accurate AI detector to mitigate that.

How accurate, you ask? Let’s find out…

How Accurate is Content At Scale?

Content At Scale claims that their AI detector is 98.3% accurate. And, while I don’t have any reason to doubt it, I did wonder how accurate it would be with my own testing.

Content At Scale Accuracy

So, I have four different texts, all from different sources, and we’ll use them as input on Content At Scale. Let’s see which of these content they can flag.

Content At Scale vs. AI-Generated Content (ChatGPT)

To begin, I started with the ever-reliable ChatGPT. Since most AI-generated content online came from GPT-3 or GPT-4, it’ll be good to know if Content At Scale can detect AI from this chatbot.

And so, I began by asking ChatGPT to write me a short essay about Madame de Pompadour:

ChatGPT Generated Text

Once ChatGPT generated the essay, I used it as input for the Content At Scale AI detection tool. Here are the results:

Content At Scale ChatGPT Results

Unsurprisingly, it managed to detect AI from most of the text. However, it's also important to note that Content At Scale classified the essay's first paragraph as highly likely to be human. Mistakes do happen, but what matters is that Content At Scale still managed to flag the text as 0% of being human-written.

Content At Scale vs. AI-Generated Content (Koala Writer)

Okay, ChatGPT is one thing — but what about AI writing tools specifically designed for content creation? That’s what I sought to find out with Koala Writer: a multilingual, prompt-based content creation tool for writers with real-time data.

Let’s reset the process. I started with a simple prompt: make me a blog post about why apple trees exist.

Koala Writer Generated Text

Then, I copy-pasted that text into Content At Scale. This is what the detector thinks of the text:

Content At Scale vs. Koala Writer

And it's conflicted. While there were no paragraphs tagged as likely to be human, the rest of the text is mostly classified as possible to be AI. Despite that, the detector only has a confidence score of 50%. Not great, but not necessarily bad either.

Content At Scale vs. Modified AI Content (Bypass Tools)

Over the last few months, there has also been a rise of specified tools to bypass AI detectors. So, let’s see how Content At Scale does against one. 

Of course, we first need AI content to tweak. So, I asked ChatGPT to create a short essay about Python.

ChatGPT Generated Text #2

Now, it’s only a matter of picking a good AI bypass tool. I ended up choosing Undetectable AI due to my experience using this tool. Below are the modified text and its human probability score according to Content At Scale:

Content At Scale vs. Undetectable AI

We've had a previous test with Undetectable AI and Originality AI, a different AI tool. When all the scores were tallied in that test, it showed that Originality could detect rewritten AI text but only with a confidence score of 54.89%.

Surprisingly, Content At Scale is different. This detector flagged AI across the entire text, with a 0% human probability. Sure, this is only one test — but it's certainly a good sign.

Content At Scale vs. Human Writing

We also have to address false positives or how some detectors incorrectly flag a human-written text as AI. Since this phenomenon is more common in academic texts, I wanted to see what Content At Scale thinks of my thesis paper.

Content At Scale vs. Human Writing

Fortunately, they passed this one with flying colors too. Overall, I’d say that — despite the lack of additional features — Content At Scale is a reasonably accurate AI content detector.

How Much Is It?

Content At Scale has four pricing tiers, namely:

  • Solo: $250 and 8 posts per month.
  • Starter: $500 and 20 posts per month.
  • Scaling: $1000 and 50 posts per month.
  • Agency: $1500 and 100 posts per month.

However, if you only need the AI detector, Content At Scale has a free version of the tool for 2500 words. To remove this limit, you can get the premium version for $49 per month.

Content At Scale's Free AI Detector vs. Premium

Considering availing the full Content At Scale experience? Their paid version adds the following to their free AI detector:

  • Rewrites. Similar to Undetectable AI and HideMyAI, Content At Scale can tweak your text until they're undetectable by AI detectors.
  • Unlimited Words. Removes the 2500 word limit of the free version.
  • URL Content Scans. Allows you to directly scan text using a URL.
Content At Scale Premium Version

Pros & Cons

PROS

CONS

  • Straightforward and user-friendly.

  • Generous free version.

  • Highly accurate.

  • Highlights sections of the text that are likely to be AI.

  • Chrome Extension

  • Expensive, especially for individual users.

  • Scan by URL is paywalled.

  • Lacks bulk detection or file upload.

Wrapping Up

The problem of AI, especially detection, is it's all moving so quickly.

AI tools weren't this advanced in the past, and once we gain more understanding of artificial intelligence and how to properly govern them, detection may not matter in the future. We can't really "measure" AI.

Whether it's to future-proof your content or to root out bad actors in academics, Content At Scale can detect AI-generated text with a fair amount of precision. In my opinion, its accuracy is only rivaled by Copyleaks and Originality AI, which makes it worth looking into.

It already has a robust free version with no limits apart from the maximum number of words. You can divide your text into bite-sized pieces and input them separately if you realllllllly don't want to upgrade.

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Written by John Angelo Yap
Hi, I'm Angelo. I'm currently an undergraduate student studying Software Engineering. Now, you might be wondering, what is a computer science student doing writing for Gold Penguin? I took up studying computer science because it was practical and because I was good at it. But, if I had the chance, I'd be writing for a career. Building worlds and adjectivizing nouns for no other reason other than they sound good. And that's why I'm here.
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