Google created a platform called “Genesis” which consists of “helping journalists”, as revealed by the New York Times. Although the tool is in “an initial phase”, it caused nervousness in the mainstream media. The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal also contributed to these early essays.
It is a “personal assistant” for journalists that will allow them to “collect information on current events and generate news content.” However, the report published by the NYT some executives who had access to the platform considered it “worrying” for the future of information.
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“In partnership with media outlets, especially smaller ones, we are in the early stages of exploring ideas to potentially provide AI tools to help their journalists with their work,” a Google spokeswoman explained in a statement carried by the AFP news agency.
“Simply put, these tools are not intended to and cannot replace the essential role that journalists have in reporting, creating and verifying their stories,” he stressed.
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How “Genesis” works
As explained by specialists from the technology company, based in Mountain View, California, this tool would work as a kind of co-pilot for reporters and editors, offering title options or different writing styles.
The announcement of this Google project follows the news of an agreement between OpenAI and The Associated Press (AP), through which the firm that created ChatGPT was granted a license to use the files of said international news agency since 1985, to train the AI.
“The arrangement provides for OpenAI to license part of AP’s text archive, while AP will leverage OpenAI’s technology and product expertise,” the two organizations said in a joint statement last week.
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The debate on the consequences of artificial intelligence deepened with the appearance in 2022 of ChatGPT and other generative AI developments. This tool, capable of creating all kinds of texts or images from a simple question, caused nervousness among content creators, such as artists, authors, or journalists.
Several lawsuits were even filed against the companies involved, including OpenAI. On the other hand, the professionals accuse them of using their contents without consent or remuneration to feed their computer programs, AFP concluded.