Is using AI to create art cheating?

Clayton J. Hester
2 min readJan 26, 2022
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What’s better than a human’s creativity?

This is the question being asked by many writers as AI technology becomes more accessible. People ask if it seems sacrilegious for one to use an AI to generate content, or whether it will be easier and faster to use the product of a machine rather than write from scratch.

In the last few years, a number of tools have been created to help write news articles — many of which use machine learning to automatically mine data and write articles based on what the AI has learned. These programs claim that they can write informative articles in any given topic, without human intervention.

Articles written by AI are already being used online, but as of now they still lack the capability to engage people as well as a human writer.

However, many writers and critics say that using an AI is cheating — it lowers the quality of writing overall and leads to unoriginal content.

It is important to know that AI itself is not a person. It has no creativity, and the only thing it does is process data and spit out a result according to what it’s been programmed to do.

While many studies have been done on how algorithms use machine learning to teach itself from collected data, there still needs to be a human person to tell the machine what…



Clayton J. Hester

Country boy. Explorer of the creative process & life, the arts, storytelling, innovation and history of ideas. Omnia in gloriam Dei facite —