So get this, Google is working on this new artificial intelligence tool called Genesis. And get this, it can write news articles. It’s like a virtual journalist or something. According to The Guardian, this AI technology takes information from all sorts of events and sources and spits out news stories. It’s wild, man.
Back in July of 2023, Google was talking to some major news organizations in America. The New York Times reports that Google had meetings with executives from the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and, you guessed it, the New York Times. They were pitching this Genesis technology and having discussions about it.
A spokesperson from Google, Jenn Crider, talked to The Verge and gave some comments about the situation. She said, “We’re in the early stages of exploring ideas to potentially give AI tools to journalists.” So they’re not trying to replace journalists, they just want to help them out, you know?
And Google wants to be clear that Genesis ain’t here to take anyone’s job. It’s there to assist journalists, making their lives easier. It can generate headlines, write in different styles, and just make things more efficient. It’s all about increasing productivity, man.
But don’t get it twisted, these tools can’t replace what journalists do. They still have the essential role of reporting, creating, and fact-checking their articles. Jenn Crider made that clear.
Now, we don’t know all the ins and outs of Genesis just yet. It’s not available to the public. But according to The New York Times, some of those executives in the meetings were a little uneasy about it. They felt like Google was kind of taking for granted the effort that goes into producing accurate and artful news stories with this AI technology.
And here’s some more AI news for you. Associated Press (AP) and Open AI, the folks behind Chat GPT, made a deal. Open AI gets access to AP’s news story archive for training their AI models. It’s all about feeding those models with tons and tons of written data. This allows the AI to do all sorts of cool things like generate text, categorize it, translate between languages, you name it. The financial details of the deal are under wraps for now.
Now let’s hear from some experts. Angela Misri, a journalist and professor, thinks new AI technologies like Genesis can help journalists with the nitty-gritty stuff. You know, like idea generation, headline writing, transcription, and basic editing. It’s like having an AI assistant taking care of the grunt work.
On the other hand, Boris Babic, a professor who knows a thing or two about AI, isn’t so sure about all this. He’s concerned that these AI tools could become the norm for journalists. He says, “The time constraints on journalists and the ease of use of applications like Genesis suggests that applying them may well become the path of least resistance in the next 5 years.” In other words, journalists might just start using AI tools because it’s easier, even if it’s not the best for journalism as a whole.
Babic believes journalists should push back against AI tools because it compromises their integrity and independence. He argues that journalism isn’t something that can be easily automated. The values and judgments that go into responsible reporting can’t be replaced by a machine.
Angela Misri agrees, saying that AI technologies raise ethical challenges for journalists. She thinks newsrooms need to be transparent about their use of AI. She even mentions a survey that showed Canadians want clear and transparent policies on how AI is used in the newsroom. Canadians are concerned about AI spreading misinformation and leading to inaccuracies.
So, while we wait for more news about Google’s Genesis, Angela Misri hopes that newsrooms and media organizations take action. She wants to see new standards and policies put in place to address the use of AI in journalism. It’s all about trust and transparency, man.