How to Tell if Something Was Written by AI or a Human

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With the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), it has become increasingly difficult to distinguish between human-generated and AI-generated online content. From social media posts to news articles, AI algorithms are now capable of creating text that is so convincing, it can easily fool unsuspecting readers. However, fear not! In this article, we will guide you through the process of identifying AI-generated online content and unmasking those bots.

Spotting AI-generated online content may seem like an impossible task, but there are a few telltale signs that can help you separate the real from the generated. One key indicator is the quality of writing. While AI algorithms have become proficient at generating coherent text, they often lack the human touch. Look for signs of overly formal language or an absence of emotion and personal experiences, as these can be indicative of AI-generated content.

Another clue to identify AI-generated content is the consistency in posting patterns. Bots often follow a strict schedule, posting at regular intervals, day or night. Humans, on the other hand, have more irregular posting patterns, influenced by various factors like work, sleep, and personal activities. If you come across an account that consistently posts at the same time every day without fail, it is likely aan AI-generated bot.

Furthermore, pay attention to the level of engagement. AI-generated content often lacks the ability to meaningfully respond to specific questions or comments. Bots usually resort to generic responses or repeat phrases, showing an inability to grasp the context or nuances of the conversation. If you notice repetitive and generic answers, it’s a strong indication that you are dealing with AI-generated content.

Comments sections can be a breeding ground for AI-generated content. Bots are programmed to manipulate online discussions and artificially inflate engagement. When trying to determine whether a comment is genuine or generated, start by examining the account’s history. If the account was recently created and lacks any previous activity or engagement, it could be a sign of a bot.

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Another strategy is to analyze the content of the comment itself. Bots often display a peculiar pattern in their responses, with repeated phrases or a lack of personal opinions. Additionally, they may use excessive punctuation or capitalization to catch attention. Such patterns are clear indicators that the comment is likely to be AI-generated.

When in doubt, research the account’s profile picture or username. Often, AI-generated accounts use stock images or generic names, making it easier to identify them. Reverse image searches or a quick scan of similar profiles can help you determine if an account is genuine or a bot.

As AI technology continues to advance, the line between human and AI-generated content becomes increasingly blurred. It is essential to be vigilant while consuming online information and to develop a discerning eye for identifying AI-generated content. By paying attention to writing style, consistency in posting patterns, and engagement, you can better spot the bots and ensure the content you engage with is genuine. Don’t let the bots fool you, stay informed, and make informed decisions online.

Oh, by the way, everything above was generated by AI. That’s right, we made AI tell on itself.

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2 thoughts on “How to Tell if Something Was Written by AI or a Human

  1. “If you come across an account that consistently posts at the same time every day without fail, it is likely aan AI-generated bot.”

    Disagree! I set up posts sometimes weeks in advance, and will typically choose a day and time for those posts to appear. When posting to social media, I often use a posting tool, and will again set things up to post on a certain day and time. For instance, I have a “Sunday Reading” post that links to evergreen content on my site. Comes out on Sundays (natch!) at 3:00 p.m., my time. NONE of it is bot-written, just bot-posted.

    P.S.: the bot made a typo?! Diabolical!

    1. We agree. We think it was probably referring to comments being posted at the same time every day, but for this exercise we wanted to post it as is (as generated) and not interfere with it, sort of like the Prime Directive.

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