The AI Anti-Utopia, And Other Stories

Mason Pelt
6 min readMay 30, 2023

First published in on May 30, 2023.

Software is replacing artists and writers who enjoy their work while warehouse staffers pee in bottles to make quota. AI is turning into a shitty anti-utopia.

As I write this, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has been on strike for 28 days. In a negotiation with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP), the WGA is seeking what amounts to four things:

  1. Better residuals
  2. Minimum staffing requirements
  3. Shorter exclusivity periods
  4. A commitment that AI will not replace them

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