The newest example of how artificial intelligence technology has the potential to change white-collar jobs is that Google is creating an application that can compose news articles. The tool was presented as a “helpmate” to News Corp, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
Google claimed to be just beginning its research of the AI technology, which it said may provide journalists suggestions for headlines or other writing approaches. It emphasized that journalists were not to be replaced by technology.
It stated, “These tools are not meant to take the position of the reporting, article development, and fact-checking functions performed by journalists. Our intention is to provide journalists with the option to utilize these cutting-edge tools in a way that improves their output, much as how we already provide people with assistive capabilities like Gmail and Google Docs.”
When they read the pitch, two New York Times executives complained that it “seemed to take for granted the effort that went into producing accurate and artistic news stories.”
According to a source familiar with the initiative, Google regarded the tool as a chance to steer the publishing industry away from the pitfalls of generative AI and that it would act as a personal assistant for journalists by automating some activities.
The news comes after an agreement between OpenAI and the Associated Press allowed the ChatGPT creator to use the news organization’s database of stories for the purpose of training its AI models, which trains on a significant amount of data in order to generate credible responses.