nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2023‒04‒17
one paper chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Art-ificial Intelligence: The Effect of AI Disclosure on Evaluations of Creative Content By Manav Raj; Justin Berg; Rob Seamans

  1. By: Manav Raj; Justin Berg; Rob Seamans
    Abstract: The emergence of generative AI technologies, such as OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot, has expanded the scope of tasks that AI tools can accomplish and enabled AI-generated creative content. In this study, we explore how disclosure regarding the use of AI in the creation of creative content affects human evaluation of such content. In a series of pre-registered experimental studies, we show that AI disclosure has no meaningful effect on evaluation either for creative or descriptive short stories, but that AI disclosure has a negative effect on evaluations for emotionally evocative poems written in the first person. We interpret this result to suggest that reactions to AI-generated content may be negative when the content is viewed as distinctly "human." We discuss the implications of this work and outline planned pathways of research to better understand whether and when AI disclosure may affect the evaluation of creative content.
    Date: 2023–03

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