Censoring Creativity: The Limits of ChatGPT for Scriptwriting

Six robots gather around an oversized typewriter using their own laptops, tablets, and phones, illustrating the concept of writing or journalism work being performed by artificial intelligence. Illustration uses a unified palette of neutral and turquoise colors, comprised of vector shapes over a dark gray background on a 16x9 artboard, and presented in isometric view.
ChatGPT routinely censors premises and scripts from history’s most-watched TV shows. (mathisworks via Getty Images)

Last year, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) labor union, which represents film and TV writers, went on strike for nearly five months, in part to regulate AI’s role in scriptwriting. “Alexa will not replace us,” read one picket sign.

Now, researchers at Penn Engineering, Haverford College, and Penn State have presented a paper at the 2024 Association of Computing Machinery Conference on Fairness, Accountability and Transparency (ACM FAccT) that identifies a previously unreported drawback to writing scripts using OpenAI’s ChatGPT: content moderation so overzealous that even some PG-rated scripts are censored, potentially limiting artistic expression.

Read the full story on the Penn AI site