Is Artificial Intelligence Capable of Ugliness?

Welcome to the TechCrunch Exchange, a weekly startups-and-markets newsletter. This week, some thoughts on AI aesthetics, the challenge of uninsurability, and how to pitch a biotech startup to non-experts. — AnnaToo good to be trueMost tools claiming to detect AI-generated text fail spectacularly, my colleague Kyle Wiggers reported. I’m only human, but a lot of the AI-written pitches I receive don’t pass the sniff test yet; their style and wordiness feel off. As fellow TechCrunch writer Ron Miller observed recently, “it’s really like AI-generated art, which has a certain look and feel.”That look and feel was made funnily obvious in a recent experiment conducted on one of my favorite social media accounts, Ugly Belgian Houses.

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This week, we will explore the fascinating realm of AI aesthetics, the challenges of uninsurability, and how to effectively pitch a biotech startup to non-experts. Let’s dive in! – Anna

Too Good To Be True

According to my colleague Kyle Wiggers, most tools claiming to detect AI-generated text tend to fail spectacularly. This is quite a paradox. As a mere human, I have to admit, a lot of the AI-written pitches I come across don’t pass the sniff test. Their style and verbosity feel somewhat off.

Then again, perhaps it is just too soon to expect machines to detect that elusive “je ne sais quoi” that we, as humans, can easily spot. As my fellow TechCrunch writer Ron Miller wisely noted, “it’s really like AI-generated art, which exudes a certain look and feel.”

This particular look and feel became hilariously evident in a recent experiment conducted by one of my beloved social media accounts, Ugly Belgian Houses.

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Dylan Williams is a multimedia storyteller with a background in video production and graphic design. He has a knack for finding and sharing unique and visually striking stories from around the world.

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