If you are looking for an answer to the question What is Artificial Intelligence? and you only have a minute, then here's the definition the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence offers on its home page: "the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior and their embodiment in machines."
However, if you are fortunate enough to have more than a minute, then please get ready to embark upon an exciting journey exploring AI (but beware, it could last a lifetime) …
News media is increasingly getting reliant on technology. It is getting transformed not only in terms of the modes of disseminating content, but also the ways in which they function internally. They use different kinds of technology, like web-based applications for online editing, advanced video processing technologies, data processing through various statistical packages and advanced programming languages, which are all part of this new model of journalism. The new journalists can be anything from experts on various topics to hackers and data scientists (remember Wikileaks?). The field has also substantially changed with the coming of what we know as the "New Media", which also has an infamous first cousin, "Citizen Journalism".
Artificial Intelligence is penetrating all corners of life. We've heard the Echo dots; we've met Sophia and we've asked Siri. But away from the every day AI that's rife in society, industries are starting to use the technology to their advantage, and the newsroom is no different. Organisations like Washington Post, Reuters and Press Association are all using their own forms of AI to improve the processes and systems that journalists are used to. At Forbes, their AI system'Bertie' has been programmed to give journalists first drafts and templates for stories.
Fighting fake news has become a growing problem in the past few years, and one that begs for a solution involving artificial intelligence. Verifying the near-infinite amount of content being generated on news websites, video streaming services, blogs, social media, etc. is virtually impossible There has been a push to use machine learning in the moderation of online content, but those efforts have only had modest success in finding spam and removing adult content, and to a much lesser extent detecting hate speech. Fighting fake news is a much more complicated challenge. But they have limited reach. It would be unreasonable to expect current artificial intelligence technologies to fully automate the fight against fake news.
Reporters Without Borders has found a radical new platform for distributing banned journalism in some of the world's most repressive countries: Minecraft. The advocacy group has opened a new virtual space on a dedicated server for the popular video game called'The Uncensored Library,' accessible to any of Minecraft's 145 million monthly players. Inspired by the neoclassical architecture of ancient Rome and Greece, the library will be filled with books containing the text of news stories that have been censored in their countries of origin. To begin with, the library will be stocked with stories from five countries that rank near the bottom of Reporters Without Borders' World Press Freedom Index, including Egypt, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam. The stories will be published in English and whichever language they were originally written in.
Social media may offer a wealth of intelligence to journalists as they scout for stories, but harnessing its true potential becomes a challenge given how easy it is to misrepresent information online. With false facts and narratives intertwining these platforms, it becomes an arduous task for them to filter accurate information. And it is not just with texts. Fuelled by the meme culture, images that we find in our newsfeeds may often be fake. With the second-highest number of internet users after China, these issues are magnified in India.
The result: eBay's copywriters are now able to devote more time to more creative work, such as crafting prose, according to Molly Prosser, associate creative director at eBay and a big believer in AI writing tools. "All the time I've spent lingering over the length of a subject line, wondering'Is this word more engaging, or is this word more engaging', or'How do I convey urgency without seeming too cliché'," says Prosser. "The hours I've spent editing and having team members pour over these things -- it's just meaningless work when we have a piece of AI that can do that for us. The new capability enables Naylor to offer a personalized newsletter for each association member it services -- based on his or her interests and reading habits. The AI tool incorporates personalized content that Naylor generates in-house, as well as content it finds on the Web –including job ads that match the specific job skills of the reader. Essentially, AI enables newsletters to become ever-more personalized over time by monitoring how each reader interacts with his or her personalized newsletter, and making adjustments accordingly, says Amith Nagaranjan, executive chairman, Rasa.io.
How have publishers evolved and what do they see ahead? Amid rising fears that artificial intelligence (AI) will threaten journalists' jobs and take over the newsroom, the Journalism AI report – a project by Polis in collaboration with Google News Initiative – sought to find out how exactly AI technologies are being applied to journalism. However, AI is a'significant part of journalism already but it is unevenly distributed' and news organizations are already applying aspects of intelligent technology in their operations, to help them work more efficiently and improve monetization. "One of the key aspects of AI and journalism is that it allows the whole journalism model to become more holistic, with a feedback loop between the different parts of the production and dissemination process" Artificial intelligence systems can be useful in helping newsrooms to categorize content or information at scale for different news gathering purposes. For example, since 2015 The Associated Press have been using a management tool, SAM, which algorithmically sifts through social media platforms to alert the newsroom on likely breaking news events.
Today we launched Neural, our new home for human-centric AI news and analysis. While we're celebrating the culmination of years of hard work from our behind-the-scenes staff, I'm taking the day to quietly contemplate the future of AI journalism. The Guardian's Oscar Schwartz wrote an article in 2018 titled "The discourse is unhinged: how the media gets AI alarmingly wrong." In it, he discusses the 2017 hype-explosion surrounding Facebook's AI research lab developing a pair of chat bots that created a short-hand language for negotiating. In reality, the chat bots' behavior was remarkable but not entirely unexpected.
This article is part of our reviews of AI research papers, a series of posts that explore the latest findings in artificial intelligence. Fighting fake news has become a growing problem in the past few years, and one that begs for a solution involving artificial intelligence. Verifying the near-infinite amount of content being generated on news websites, video streaming services, blogs, social media, etc. is virtually impossible There has been a push to use machine learning in the moderation of online content, but those efforts have only had modest success in finding spam and removing adult content, and to a much lesser extent detecting hate speech. Fighting fake news is a much more complicated challenge. But they have limited reach.
These days almost every journalism conference has at least one session on the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in modern journalism and, interesting, it is always been asked: "will AI replace journalists and writers?". Last week I had an opportunity to visit the technology center of America's top news agency in Washington. There were using many tools and techniques to generate quick, accurate and foolproof contents using Artificial Intelligence (AI). These tools had multiple layers of data-centric AI wrappers to ensure the filtration of Fake News. During my visit, I was able to produce 550 words article, based on a press release, with a single click and amazingly this article had many relevant references from the past.