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What Is An AI Writer? The Guide To AI Writing Assistants

What Is An AI Writer? Your Ultimate Guide To AI Writing Assistants

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Written By Kris Phelps

Artificial Intelligence writers are becoming increasingly popular as companies realize how effective they can be. They provide high-quality, engaging, and relevant content to your audience. But really, what is an AI writer?

This article will explore what an AI writer is and why you should consider using one. We will also look at some of the benefits of having an AI writer and how you can get started with one yourself.

If you are looking for a way to increase engagement, boost traffic, and create great content for your website, then you need to check out an AI writer. It’s not just another fancy buzzword – it’s something that really works!

What Is An AI Writer? AI Writers Explained Simply

An AI writer is a software program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate text on demand. The AI writer does much of the mundane work for you, so you don’t have to worry about any tedious aspects of creating content. Instead, you tell the AI writer what type of content you want and your topic, and it makes content for you.

It’s important to understand that AI writers don’t replace content writers. They are merely content generators that you need to guide and refine. This is because AI writers are an assistive technology. That’s why we call them AI-assisted content generators or AI writing assistants. As great as they are, they are far from perfect. It’s our job as content creators to ensure that the content AI writer’s output is:

  • Relevant
  • Accurate
  • Engaging
  • Original

You’ll hear a lot of hype about how AI writers will replace human writers, but it’s not true. The human touch is always needed to guide it and feed in more ideas to connect more dots.

How Do AI Writers Work? (A More Technical Explanation)

KrisAI aims to be as friendly as possible to people of all skill levels, so we won’t delve too deeply into the technical aspects of how AI writers work. You’re here to learn about the technology, not write your post-doctoral thesis, right?

In an attempt to over-simplify, here’s a quick explanation of how AI writers make the magic:

AI writers are language models that use deep learning, vast volumes of content others have already written, and mathematical algorithms to write content for you.

Essentially, they are fancy calculators that use statistical analysis to determine the most likely next word in a sentence. They then output pieces of content in the format they think you want, based on pattern recognition.

They’ll attempt to continue making a list if you’re in the middle of a list. Likewise, they’ll try to finish the paragraph if you’re in the middle of a paragraph.

Are AI Writers Difficult To Use?

The answer is no. If you’ve ever used Microsoft Word or Google Docs, then you’ve already used AI writers. Google Docs has a feature called “Smart Compose.” Here’s what it looks like:

What is an AI writer? Did you know Google Docs has a feature called Smart Compose that functions as an AI Writer. This image shows an example of Google Doc's Smart Compose feature.

All I had to do was type in the word “To whom,” and Google automatically suggested completing the sentence: “it may concern.”

This is AI writing. Of course, the AI writers we’re talking about take it to the next level, but they’re not much more complicated to use than Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

Are AI Writers New?

While some might describe the current form of AI writing assistants as new-ish, the concept of algorithms writing content isn’t new. I can find news stories from 2012 talking about how algorithms wrote them.

I’ve seen news agencies accidentally publish obituaries for celebrities who had not yet passed. They may not admit it, but I suspect the news agencies algorithmically generated many of those to give the writers a leg-up on publishing once they were needed.

I’ve seen hundreds of stock market analysis posts generated from templates where the computer just put in the numbers where they were supposed to and then changed the wording based on whether the numbers were positive or negative. So, no, AI writing is not new. It’s just more widely available and a bit more advanced.

What Kinds of Content Can AI Writers Make?

Generally speaking, AI writers can write almost any kind of content. We have an entire article that covers AI writer use cases. Here’s a summary: They are great at writing long-form content such as blog articles and shorter forms of content like social media posts. Here is a list of the forms of content you can reasonably expect an AI writer to make (with a few considerations to keep in mind):

  • Long-form content
    • Article outlines
    • Entire articles
    • eBooks
    • Emails
  • Short-form content
    • Product descriptions
    • Social media posts
    • Social media profile bios
    • Article Titles
    • Meta descriptions

Now, what are the considerations I mentioned earlier? First, while AI can write most “forms” of content, it can sometimes struggle with certain “types” of content. The best example from my personal experience is humor. I love funny writing, and I’m actively working on some Frase templates to get AI to produce funny content reliably, but it is a challenge.

How Much Do AI Writers Cost?

There are two ways to look at this question. One way is to say that AI writers cost money. But another way to look at it is that AI writers save time.

Generally, you’ll usually pay around a minimum of $50/month. Usually, most AI writers will cost you around $100-$150/month. The amount you pay often is determined by how much you use. Many of the most widely known writing assistants, like Jasper AI, charge per word.

Jasper and others charge per word because they use the language models of a company called OpenAI which licenses their technology. Other AI writing and SEO assistants use their own language models, allowing them to be more flexible with their pricing.

Why Should I Choose An AI Writer Over Human Writers?

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “I don’t need an AI writer. I have human writers who can write for me!” And while there are certainly benefits to having humans write your content, there are also several reasons you should consider using AI writers alongside your human writers.

Firstly, if you’re looking to increase the quality of your work, AI writers can help you achieve that goal. This is because they tend to have excellent grammar and spelling. When you use an AI writer, you can focus on other aspects of your content creation process.

Secondly, AI writers can help speed up your workflow. If you’ve ever tried to write something and found yourself staring at a blank screen for hours, then you know what I mean precisely. It’s frustrating! However, AI writers can help alleviate this problem.

Finally, AI writers can help you think of ideas you might not have. AI writers can generate new ideas based on the information you provide them. When you ask them to write something, they may come back with a different concept than you initially intended.

How Can I Find Out More Information About AI Writers?

Here are the three most straightforward ways to learn about AI writers, how they can impact your business, and how to use them effectively.

  1. Join our email list, where we give out tons of free information and resources.
  2. Subscribe to our YouTube channel
  3. Read our article about the many use cases for AI writers.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below, we attempt to answer the many questions people might have about AI writing assistants.

Can I Use An AI Writer For My Blog Posts?

Yes, AI writers are great for creating long-form blog articles. Many top blogs worldwide use AI writers in their writing process (whether they’re willing to admit it or not).

Can I Use An AI Writer For My Social Media?

Yes, AI writing is perfect for social media posts. Most social media platforms allow you to post images, videos, and text. So you can easily add an image or video to your post and let AI write the accompanying description.

For long-form content platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn, you can use your AI writing assistant to help you plan and produce your posts on those platforms.

Is It Safe To Use An AI Writer?

Yes, it is safe to use AI writers. There are many fortune 500 companies out there that use these services. In fact, on Jasper AI’s homepage, here are a few of the companies they say are using their software:

  • Google
  • Autodesk
  • IBM
  • Keller Williams
  • Logitech
  • Airbnb

Copy AI lists these companies as clients of theirs:

  • Microsoft
  • eBay
  • Nestle
  • Ogilvy

The primary risk to using an AI writer is the same risk you would have if you allowed writers to publish without reviewing their work. When writing with an AI assistant, you must fact-check any claims, ensure high-quality content, and ensure that your voice is added to it.

What is Machine Learning?

Machine learning is a subset of artificial intelligence. While AI is more general, machine learning focuses on training computers to perform specific tasks. For example, AI writing assistants were supplied with a large amount of sample data. From that data, machine learning techniques were applied to teach the AI writing assistant how to write content.

What is Deep Learning?

Deep learning is another type of machine learning. The difference between deep learning and other forms of machine learning is that deep learning uses neural networks. Neural networks are a set of algorithms used to train machines to recognize patterns within data and connections between “nodes.”

What Are Neural Networks?

Neural networks are mathematical models that mimic the structure and function of neurons in the human brain. They are made up of nodes that connect through weighted edges. Nodes represent concepts such as words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc., while edges represent relationships between those concepts.

What Is Natural Language Processing?

Natural language processing (NLP) is a field of computer science that deals with the interactions between humans and computers when communicating via natural languages. NLP involves analyzing written and spoken language to determine meaning.