Google Proposes AI Tool for Journalists
Google has recently approached the executives of several news outlets with an intriguing proposition. They are offering to incorporate an artificial intelligence tool called “Genesis” into the workflow of journalists. This tool aims to assist reporters in writing news articles and formulating headlines, according to the New York Times.
“Genesis” is designed to generate news content based on the information it receives. Google pitched it as a tool to streamline journalistic tasks.
Jenn Crider, a spokeswoman for Google, reassured news organizations that they need not worry about ethical concerns surrounding the tool. She emphasized that Genesis is “not intended to, and cannot, replace the essential role journalists have in reporting, creating, and fact-checking their articles.”
The New York Times, the Washington Post, and News Corp, the owner of the Wall Street Journal, were among the outlets approached by Google. However, some executives who witnessed the tech company’s demonstration expressed concerns about the implications of Genesis for the future of journalism.
Sources familiar with the matter revealed that Google’s presentation seemed to undermine the work of journalists in “producing accurate and artful news stories,” as reported by the New York Times.
Interestingly, OpenAI also made headlines by granting $5 million to local news outlets for a two-year deal to experiment with AI technology in their daily work, as reported by Axios.
Media commentator Jeff Jarvis acknowledged that Genesis could be a game-changer in the journalism field. However, he cautioned about the potential consequences of misusing the AI tool.
“If, on the other hand, it is misused by journalists and news organizations on topics that require nuance and cultural understanding, then it could damage the credibility not only of the tool but of the news organizations that use it,” warned Jarvis.
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