Denial Of Service By Wall Of Text

Clarkesworld Magazine is a publisher of science fiction short stories. They accept and pay for submissions from anyone. As of last week, they closed submissions due to an overwhelming influx of spam submissions that appear to have been generated by AI algorithms.

Editor Neil Clarke’s article, A Concerning Trend outlines the incident and includes this graph showing the scale of the submission issue.

Text generation no longer has a cognitive threshold that needs to be crossed. Twelve lines of Python code and $3 in API credits is enough to overwhelm a business that needs to read texts to function.

The world is changing in ways we’re just not ready for.

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