“So far, Paul has only listened in on meetings that were pre-recorded or broadcast live on YouTube, but ‘were he to listen in to a live Zoom meeting we’d probably do what I do when I attend via Zoom and be listed as ‘participant,’ Talkington said.”

– Sophie Culpepper

NeimanLab tells how a hyper-local publisher in Palm Springs, California, set out to turn an AI model into a reporter. They say Mark Talkington’s motivation was curiosity – as the master of mostly everything for his publication, he wanted to see if an AI tool could save him time.

Talkington named his model “Paul” after a human reporter he didn’t get to hire.


AI will soon be able to cover public meetings. But should it?
NEIMANLAB | June `15, 2023 | by Sophie Culpepper