I Used AI to Clone Ernest Hemingway

Aaron Schnoor
5 min readJan 7, 2024
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“Artificial Intelligence will never be able to replace writers.”

That’s what I’ve been reading, and that’s what I’ve come to believe. Artificial Intelligence (AI) cannot replace a good writer.

But is that really true? After years of development and improvement, will AI be able to replace human authors?

Using ChatGPT, I decided to put those questions to the test by pitting AI against one of my favorite writers: Ernest Hemingway.

ChatGPT’s premium paid version, ChatGPT Plus, allows users to create “GPTs”—language models that can be customized for a specific purpose.

Using the feature, I created Hemingway Scribe — an AI model that mimics Ernest Hemingway.

Here’s how I created the GPT and what I discovered:

The Image

The GPT needs a cover image, so that was where I started.

I began by asking the GPT to create an image of an old man with a white beard sitting on a boat in the ocean, a typewriter on his lap and a pipe in his mouth.

ChatGPT yielded the below image, the cropped version of which now headlines this article.

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At first glance, it’s a fine image. But at second glance, it begins to look weirder and weirder.

Why is the laptop facing away from the old man?

What is that weird blue tint on the old man’s thumb?

Maybe I’m being picky. For an AI-generated image, it’s not too bad.

Name

The name of “Hemingway Scribe” was not my idea. It was ChatGPT’s idea.

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