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July 21, 2023

Journalists RAGE As They’ve BEEN REPLACED By AI In Hilarious Backfire & Downfall!

TheQuartering [7/21/2023]

According to TheNYPost:

A media company that runs several sites including Jezebel, the Onion and Gizmodo is publishing mistake-ridden stories written by AI bots despite an outcry from staff over what they slammed as “computer-generated garbage.”

G/O Media heads are doubling down on the eyebrow-raising practice and plan to publish additional AI-written articles soon, according to an internal memo obtained by Vox.

The machine-generated stories first appeared on multiple G/O sites earlier this month with bylines like “Gizmodo Bot.” One such story — a chronological list of Star Wars movies and shows — published on Gizmodo contained more than a dozen errors, including some items that were not in the correct order.

Editors and reporters did not see the articles before they went live and were only notified that the content would be published hours before they went online, the Washington Post reported.

G/O Media’s editorial director Merrill Brown told employees that the AI content would not replace work being done by writers and editors and admitted that “there will be errors,” according to the newspaper.

He further told staffers that AI bots “alone (currently) are not factually reliable/consistent,” in another company memo seen by Vox.

The union representing G/O employees quickly bashed the leadership’s decision.

“The hard work of journalists cannot be replaced by unreliable AI programs notorious for creating falsehoods and plagiarizing the work of real writers,” GMG Union wrote in a statement. “Our newsrooms have spent decades building trust with audiences — introducing computer-generated garbage undermines our ability to do our jobs, erodes trust in us as journalists, damages our brands, and threatens our jobs.”

Other news sites that tried out AI-written content — including CNET and Buzzfeed — quickly abandoned the experiment after the stories were full of errors and inaccuracies.

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