Why Is Proofreading Still Essential?2 min read
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an invaluable ally in creating online content. This is because it enables us to bring texts dealing with the most diverse topics to life automatically and exceptionally quickly. However, AI is still a tool which is not yet perfect. Because of this, it needs a certain level of human control.
Machines like computers, smartphones and electronic devices, in general, are proving to be increasingly efficient and precise. Especially when it comes to replacing humans in their activities, including creative ones like writing.
However, despite the speed of technological development, these tools have not yet been developed to replace a ‘flesh and blood’ brain completely.
Proofreading represents an essential trump card in this historical phase. For those who want to produce thorough, structured, but grammatically, orthographically and morphologically correct content.
What Is Proofreading And Why Is It Important
The concept of proofreading is rather intuitive. When text content is produced automatically by Artificial Intelligence, it needs a person to edit it. Correcting errors large and small within the text itself.
The workload for the proofreader usually depends on the type of source text. More technical texts are usually less and involve relatively few changes. It’s a different story for literary and more creative text, where human intelligence still proves far superior to AI.
As a rule, the proofreader deals with:
- correcting misspelt words
- correcting formatting errors
- edit punctuation if misused
Proofreading is essential for the publication of text free (or almost free) of imperfections.
Limits Of Proofreading
It is quite evident that manual text control has its pros and cons. Compared to Artificial Intelligence, text generated and corrected by humans takes much longer to produce.
Moreover, proofreaders are professionals who need payment for their work. A company that intends to publish quality content must have a budget for this task.
Finally, there is the issue of ‘perfection’. Total and absolute perfection does not exist. This principle applies to computing devices and human beings.
Any person, even the most experienced, can make a mistake. The most trivial oversights tend to be typos. These may remain unchanged when a text is read and re-read dozens of times. And when the proofreader’s brain becomes so accustomed to the same text that it can no longer notice certain errors.
It is worth weighing the costs and benefits of proofreading. First, analyse the type of text you will need and assess the extent to which you are prepared to rely completely on Artificial Intelligence, with all its limitations.
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