Coming down to this day and age we are witnesses of a massive expansion of new technologies. One of them being the ever so controversial AI.
AI is getting undoubtedly more and more skilled in creating news stories that resemble the genuity of human work. it's quite reasonable to expect that, that in near future, AI will make professional essay writers or even journalists totally obsolete.
AI and new technologies as ever are constantly putting an ethical and moral question for their use. It is certainly not much different with the use of sophisticated algorithm based software, determined in creating stories that span the web. Certainly, we all may have stumbled upon some not knowing they were actually feigned.
Being a question that needs to be answered we are setting our eyes to the leaders in this expanding area for further explanations.
OpenAI the leader in its field?
As its already introduced in December in 2015. One of the leading non-profit AI research organizations Elon Musk’s OpenAI program has caused a lot of stir in the public. Its unique algorithm is capable of creating genuine-looking fake articles by just using several words to create a cohesive and believable story.
Some researchers dare to say: “The content being produced by AI is in certain cases not more indistinguishable than the one created by a professional journalist”.
The technology for better or worse is not yet fully structured and refined at the moment.
Nonetheless, Jack Clark OpenAI policy director stated that: “It would take just a couple of years to summarize and bring this technology to a more advanced level”.
As a measure of precaution and prevention OpenAI has decided not to distribute its most advanced versions of the program since launching this kind of software for the open public would mean a quantified amount of uncontrollable article placement and possible misuse of the general public.
Clark has also said that: “The ability of the system is not yet advanced enough to create and pose a threat that would create panic in the general public.”.
However open-source versions of a slightly less sophisticated tool are available to journalists and article writers for the various algorithm and article-related task testing.
Competition creates quantity
Besides OpenAI there is another player in the AI game. Google revealed a similar software-algorithm named BERT, capable of indistinguishable tasks as its twin partner. BERT besides other capabilities can comprehend and answer multi-option questions.
With more than one corporation in the AI sphere, it is natural to ask if releasing this software and algorithms to the general public would mean abrupt chaos in consuming the news.
What will this mean for the future?
We were also witnesses of intense conflicts between social media and an increasing number of fake articles but it is logical to assume it would be much more difficult if there are widely spread tools as OpenAI and BERT that make creating disingenuine content unchallenging for the creator.
Journalists will have less and less time to adapt to this new way of writing or find a new direction in their field to sustain this profession in the face of new technologies such as AI.
Regarding the law, the European Union has threatened technology firms to stop them from swaying the general public in believing in stories created by these tools.
For reasons mentioned above public is looking towards this new technology with a closed eye and justified fear. Will moral and ethic journalism prevail? Who knows, maybe this article was written by an AI?