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We have heard it over and over again: Fake News. The media has been plagued by bias and falsities, especially in recent years. One proposed solution is utilization of artificial intelligence, or AIs. There are obvious concerns as many people wonder how this is even possible. Additionally, the automation of journalism would cost the jobs of real people. Many wonder: What are the abilities and limitations of AI journalism?

Twitter was able to successfully use an AI program to write a short passage on their earnings, using only factual information. Using the program “WordSmith,” they were able to construct an appealing reader experience with no bias. AIs can rapidly produce earnings reports and other economic articles, as they largely deal with numbers and predictions—two things that AIs have already been good at.

A news site called knowwherenews.com has combined the usage of AI and human journalists to write articles. According to Futurism.com, “Knowhere is a startup that combines machine learning technologies and human journalists to deliver the facts on popular news stories.” By using the AIs algorithm, it chooses a trending topic from the Internet and researches thousands of articles in a minimal amount of time. From this, the AI is able to scrounge the most basic facts while excluding all political or social bias.

Because AIs work significantly faster than humans, they are able to research and produce articles leaps and bounds faster than the human journalist. They are also able to immediately write it in a predetermined structure and have no need for proofreading by an editor.

Though it seems that AI could readily replace people in journalism, they often work in tandem with people. AI can allow for people to rapidly research information, which can then be used to write an article with a human element; because AIs rely on algorithms, they would likely struggle to write compelling articles if they are stuck to one style and writing structure. Though it is not necessarily needed to convey factual information, human editors-in-chief do proofread AI articles so as to not have the article come off as robotic.

AIs have limitations when it comes to writing news; they cannot obtain information unless it is already online, and then cannot determine the credibility of the information. According to weforum.org, “Machine learning works best when there is sufficient data for it to pick up on patterns, learn from them and optimize the system accordingly.”

Another issue that AIs face is that they generally follow the bias of their creator. If AI journalism is implemented to erase bias, it will more than likely fail. Furthermore, AIs are capable of writing biased statements such as these examples provided by Futurism:

  • Impartial: “US to add citizenship question to 2020 census”
  • Left: “California sues Trump administration over census citizenship question”
  • Right: “Liberals object to inclusion of citizenship question on 2020 census”

Student journalist Priscila Manzo, senior, said, “I think that there are upsides and downsides to using AI. It is good that there is a way to write news with little to no bias, but AIs cannot sympathize with humans. If there were some sort of disaster to occur, AIs could not convey any human emotion.” Though AIs could aid or replace humans in many ways, the human element will likely always be needed.

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