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Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images Is Unveiled by Jigsaw | NEW YORK TIMES

‘Reporters can feed images into Assembler, which has seven “detectors,” each one built to spot a specific type of photo-manipulation technique.’ Google subsidiary Jigsaw has developed a tool to help newsrooms detect deceitful images, reports THE NEW YORK TIMES. Called…

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To Free Themselves From Lies, Journalists are Using New Tools and Techniques to Check Facts | EDITOR & PUBLISHER

‘Today, reporters, as well as editors and the production staff, now must work faster than ever but getting the story out shouldn’t come at the expense of the facts.’ EDITOR & PUBLISHER surveys the field of fact-checking and provides several…

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What should newsrooms do about deepfakes? These three things, for starters | NEIMAN LAB

‘Whether or not opinion columnists’ direst predictions come to fruition, it seems almost inevitable that newsrooms operating in a world of deepfakes will be forced to shoulder a heavy new burden.’ Balancing verification with timely reporting is getting tougher because…

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AI-powered journalism: A time-saver or an accident waiting to happen? | JOURNALISM.CO.UK

‘automated journalism is only as reliable as the information that has been plugged into it to during its development and training.’ Brighton University computer science professor Anya Belz says human editors are still necessary when working with AI tools in…

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Using the power of machines to complete impossible reporting tasks | ICIJ

‘As datasets become bigger and more complex, machine learning models that help reporters sort and analyze data are becoming not only more sophisticated but also more accessible to reporters everywhere’ Uses of machine learning for investigative projects so far ‘have…

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Google releases videos to help researchers create better ‘deepfake’ detection tools | SILICON ANGLE

‘Google’s videos should be useful, since many of them appear to be incredibly realistic, especially to users who have no point of reference.’ Google is adding to a growing effort to combat deepfakes, reports SILICON ANGLE. Concerns are mounting about…

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Explainable AI and the Companies Leading the Way | VENTURE RADAR

‘…as models become more specialised and complex, they turn out to be increasingly opaque and harder to interpret.’  Verification can depend on knowing the factors that went into a decision. It’s critical in many fields, including medical research and journalism….

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Top AI researchers race to detect ‘deepfake’ videos: ‘We are outgunned’ | THE WASHINGTON POST

The ability to create synthetic videos outweighs detection methods by ‘100 to 1’, according to a digital forensics professor at UC Berkeley quoted in THE WASHINGTON POST. The US public is not ready for the possible consequences of deepfakes in…

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How to Blend Journalistic Expertise with Artificial Intelligence for Research and Verifying News Stories | Missaoui et al

How do journalists perceive artificial intelligence? Six UK researchers wanted to find out to help develop an AI tool that is ‘sympathetic to the way journalists work.’ Their study sample yielded three themes: Perception – There’s generally high awareness that…

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What is machine learning and why should I care? | CJR

The COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW explains machine learning with examples of how it’s being used in newsrooms. Author Nick Diakopoulos describes four ‘flavours’ of machine learning. Each varies by the amount of input by humans. For example, in supervised learning, the…

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The next disruption

A QUESTION COMES TO MIND, we say it out loud, an ‘assistant’ answers back. We glance at our mobile, it unlocks. We want another language, select from a menu, the translation appears. (Go ahead, try it… the menu is on…

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How Reuters is training reporters to spot ‘deepfakes’ | DIGIDAY

DIGIDAY UK reports how Reuters created its own fake video to test its in-house verification team and step-up its ability to detect deepfakes. ‘In the last two years, Reuters has doubled the number of people who work on verifying video…

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The out-there AI ideas designed to keep the US ahead of China | MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW

MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW reports new details of a $2 billion plan for AI research by DARPA, the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. The spending is to advance the next generation of AI technology. The story says project areas include:…

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Is deep learning the same as AI & machine learning?

by Andrew Cochran December 30, 2018 updated October 2019 It’s confusing when terms mean the same thing — sometimes. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning are often used interchangeably. In one way, they are the same: But not all…

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7 challenges for journalism | WEF

THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM says the principal impacts of AI on journalism are similar to those in many areas: automating routine operations gaining faster insights lowering barriers to entry They identify seven challenges for journalism. Some are internal issues, such…

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Giving Computers a Nose for News: Exploring the limits of story detection and verification | Thurman et al

Using algorithms for story discovery heralds a new phase for social media says Neil Thurman and his co-authors. They look at the implications when algorithms assess social posts and take a detailed look at one in particular, SocialSensor. Their study…

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