“Since the dawn of time, human beings have felt the need to share - from food to art. Sharing is part of the human condition. A person who does not share is not only selfish, but bitter and alone.”-Paolo Coelho
A very powerful statement by one of my favourite authors. The backdrop of this statement is that, he himself uploaded his books in BitTorrent, which was gobbled up by people. Twist in the tale is that instead of the book sales going down, it actually went up. Not very surprising. People actually got a chance to see what they were going to experience, and those who liked it went and bought the book. Besides, every writer wants his work to be read more than anything else. I have always liked people appreciating the stuff I have written. Monetary benefits come as a secondary aspect.
No current electronic device can provide the pleasure of reading a book. This is true for nearly all bibliophiles. There is still a question of what happens when technology does mature. I believe that true fans will still buy legitimately. Pirated books are available for a fraction of a cost, but still book sales are on the way up. May be there won't be multimillionaire authors anymore, but making a decent living is enough right?
Recently we had a conference in our company regarding the launch of a new initiative. Our CEO was saying, the rate at which code generators are improving, programmers could become a non-essential commodity in the near future. That got me thinking about writers. Will a writer be obselete? I have to say no. When a human being writes, there is an air of unpredictability. What is written can take the shape of absolutely anything according to the whims and fancy of the writer. AI is developing at a steady pace, even then I think it will be a long way before a human writer becomes obselete.
As always, competition demands creativity. Be it a programmer or a writer or any business.
P.S: I am back writing stuff. Expect regular updates here!
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Narayan S S