AI BRIEFS: March 2019

Artificial Intelligence Can Now Write Amazing Content — What Does That Mean For Humans?
FORBES | March 29, 2019 | by Bernard Marr | ‘If you believe anything can and will be automated with artificial intelligence (AI), then you might not be surprised to know how many notable media organizations including The New York Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, and Yahoo! Sports already use AI to generate content.’

Facebook explains why its A.I. didn’t detect the New Zealand mosque shooting video before it was viewed 4,000 times
CNBC | March 21, 2019 | by Lauren Feiner |The video was removed by Facebook after being flagged for the first time by a user 29 minutes after the stream began’

How Machine Learning Can (And Can’t) Help Journalists
GIJN | March 19, 2019 | by Floris Wu | ‘Ten or 20 years from now… people will think about machine learning just like how we think about Microsoft Excel today’

A.I.-generated text is supercharging fake news. This is how we fight back
DIGITAL TRENDS | March 18, 2019 | by Luke Dormehi | ‘By looking at a piece of text, and then predicting which words the algorithm would likely have picked to follow one another, it can give a verdict on whether it thinks it was written by a machine. The tool is available for users to try online.’ 

How to make your newsroom AI-ready
MEDIUM | March 14,
2019 | by Tom Van de Weghe | ‘Artificial Intelligence is transforming present-day journalism and is set to become the future backbone of innovative newsrooms. But there is a risk of an innovation gap…’

Robo-journalism gains traction in shifting media landscape
PHYS.ORG | March 10,
2019 | by Rob Lever | ‘A text-generating “bot” nicknamed Tobi produced nearly 40,000 news stories about the results of the November 2018 elections in Switzerland for the media giant Tamedia—in just five minutes.’

What can artificial intelligence teach us about fairness?
STORYBENCH | March 6, 2019 | by Andres Pinedo | ‘…when it comes to home mortgages, white males tend to be approved more often and get lower interest rates, compared with others. But is it fair for that group to get an advantage over others?’

A.I.’s Turing Test For Modern Journalistic Standards
THE REPUBLICAN STANDARD | March 2, 2019 | by Alex Lemieux |How do you know what news is being written by artificial intelligence, and does it really matter?’

This list is human-selected for relevance and is not intended to include all references in the period.

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