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How to Make AI Writing Look More Human-like

The recent rise in AI-generated writing tools have left many wondering how to make the results appear like a human actually wrote them. Using a few tools & writing tweaks, you'll be on your way to humanizing your AI writing in just a few minutes.
Updated September 28, 2023
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a police robot teaching a class of small robots sitting in their desks in a classroom, 4k digital art

AI writing tools, such as ChatGPT, have been causing a significant upheaval in the academic and professional domains in recent months. These transformative tools have the ability to answer questions and generate content such as essays, tables, and even coding, which is nothing short of astonishing.

This seismic shift in content generation raises an honest question – how can we ensure the 'humanness' of AI writing?

To be clear: There isn't an infallible way to affirm whether a piece of writing was produced by AI. Unlike plagiarism, there is no tangible watermark to identify AI-generated content.

When examining a piece written by ChatGPT, what we get is a prediction score that shows how well a machine could generate the same content. Understanding AI writing detection is a complex task and not something completely understood by even its own users.

Although machine learning algorithms and AI tools have yet to master the creation of high-level creative writing, detection tools can exploit this shortcoming. If a piece of writing lacks creativity, complexity, and is saturated with patterns, it's more likely to be identified as AI-generated.

Now, poor writing can be detected as AI-produced too. For instance, when I tested some of my articles (which I assure you were not written with ChatGPT), they were marked as AI-written. This suggests that the territory of AI writing detection is quite convoluted, and in a few months, it might become even more challenging to detect.

OpenAI, the pioneering company behind ChatGPT and all of these large language models, recently released GPT-4, which has continued to push the boundaries of AI writing capabilities. GPT-4, the latest in the series of revolutionary AI models, has shown advancements that have left industry observers and users equally awestruck and excited.

GPT-4 has taken a giant leap in mimicking human-like writing. Its sophisticated language model can comprehend more complex queries and deliver responses that are more nuanced and contextually accurate. This doesn't just have implications for article writing, but also for fields such as coding, translation, and even poetry.

However, it’s worth noting that even with these significant improvements, GPT-4, like its predecessors, still isn't able to generate absolutely human-like writing. It still lacks the depth of understanding, intuition, and emotion that only a human writer can bring to the table.

One of the hallmarks of human writing is its unpredictability. As humans, our experiences, biases, and emotions subtly color our writing, making it uniquely our own. We use idioms, we reference cultural phenomena, and we sometimes make illogical leaps – all things that AI, like GPT-4, is yet to fully grasp.

So how do we make GPT-4 write more human-like? We continue to guide it.

We provide more diverse and complex training data. We teach it to understand and replicate nuances, to learn from its mistakes, and to adapt to new writing styles. We should continue to incorporate elements such as creativity, unpredictability, and personalization in its training.

If anyone claims to be able to precisely identify AI-written content all the time, they're not telling the truth. AI detection relies on predictions, and you can never be 100% certain.

However, despite the ambiguity, there are ways to make your writing appear more human and bypass AI detectors. Here are some tips:

  1. Employ an AI Word Scrambler: AI models base their predictions on text patterns. Thus, by making your text more scrambled, you stand a better chance of making it appear human-like. Tools like Undetectable AI or HideMyAI can rephrase your AI-generated content to look more human.
  2. Minimize Word Repetition: Reducing the repetition of words in an article can help it bypass AI detection, as AI-generated content tends to repeat words and phrases.
  3. Attribute Your Sources and Verify Facts: Since AI pulls content from the internet without discretion and can sometimes invent facts, citing your sources will definitely help humanize your writing.
  4. Personalize Your Writing: Incorporating personal anecdotes, analogies, or idioms can make your writing seem more human and increase its relatability. Don't sound like a robot – that's exactly what you're trying to avoid.
  5. Get Help from Another Human: Having someone else review your article can help to spot issues that you might miss, further helping to humanize your content. Different people almost always see things from another angle than you would.
  6. Manually Rewrite the Entire Content: As a last resort, you could rewrite your entire essay or report by hand, particularly if you're keen to avoid AI detection. Keep the initial results and write it in your own words as if you were taking notes from your AI result.

It's quite regrettable that we actually find ourselves discussing ways to bypass AI detection tools. In the foreseeable future, this issue may become obsolete as good writing should stand on its own merit, irrespective of the source.

Instead of policing content generation, it would be more beneficial to promote ethical decision-making. If you need to create original content, do it. If AI writing tools can enhance your productivity and efficiency, by all means, use them.

Recent concerns have been raised about AI detection tools that have been integrated within schools. An example is TurnItIn, with parents raising questions about their accuracy and the lack of transparency about their functioning.

As AI continues to evolve, it's crucial to foster a collaborative environment where human creativity and AI-powered assistance can work together to produce remarkable content while adhering to ethical guidelines.

Human expertise is irreplaceable, but it can definitely be optimized with AI. This is the way forward in our AI journey. Let's use it responsibly and creatively.

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Written by Justin Gluska
Justin is the founder of Gold Penguin, a business technology blog that helps people start, grow, and scale their business using AI. The world is changing and he believes it's best to make use of the new technology that is starting to change the world. If it can help you make more money or save you time, he'll write about it!
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