Latest Technology News: Google unveils ‘Genesis’ AI tool, sparking concern
Full disclosure: This article was not written by AI, and it’s not for lack of trying. Multiple attempts were sent without success, but he continued to respond in a way that seemed inhumane, and that’s before mentioning the false claims, interesting parts of the original story inexplicably left out, and a lack of descriptive ingenuity, literary nuance, and human conceptualization. You end up with an empty envelope of a story that feels like it was rushed by someone who was too busy in TikToking to pay attention.
That said, grapevine rumors have claimed that Goggle’s new AI tool, called Genesis (also the name of the first book of the Jewish Bible, which might not be a coincidence), is able to write this article much more eloquently and convincingly. According to the New York Times, Genesis has already been unveiled to the publication’s senior executives, as well as several others, as a technological tool that doesn’t just form theories from scratch (looking at you, ChatGPT), but rather examines the latest world news and events, processes them, and provides a more robust and comprehensive output.
To assuage the foreseeable wave of worries and apprehensions, Google dismissed the idea that Genesis is here to replace human content writers, stressing that a journalist’s role in providing content, real-time reporting and fact-checking will not be affected. Rather, it is a tool to aid humans in their work when it comes to literary elements such as style, pacing, and title creation.
One who has seen Genesis up close and personal backed Goggle’s claim, saying it could be a very useful tool to serve as a reporter’s personal assistant, if you will, automating some rudimentary tasks to give the reporter time to focus on the big picture. Additionally, it has been claimed that Genesis is a “responsible” automation tool, here to prevent generative AI from replacing true human output in the industry as a whole.
On the other hand, several officials called the demonstration disturbing, saying that Google takes for granted the human effort put into creating an accurate and reliable article.
Goggle officials told Ynet they are in the early stages of exploring ideas to support journalists in their work, and that their goal is to empower journalists to use emerging technologies to facilitate their work. They further asserted that Genesis was neither created nor capable of replacing the vital role of a human in writing accurate reports, conceptualizing and writing its own article. They equated the role of Genesis with that of Gmail and Google docs.
Regardless of the precise functions of Genesis, this reinvigorates the debate regarding the role of AI in the creation of content, whether fictional or journalistic. Publications such as NPR, Insider and others have said they intend to examine how AI can be responsibly implemented in a field where every second counts.
The Associated Press has admitted that the agency has been using AI to write some stories that touch on more technical areas, such as financial reports and company earnings, though these still represent only a fraction of total output.
Is this the dawn of a new era of fake news?
There are notable concerns about what would happen if unverified articles flooded the web, containing what could be an avalanche of inaccurate claims that people would take to be fact. Popular tech hub CNET experienced exactly that, letting AI check its stories, creating several stories that were blatantly wrong. CNET’s editor admitted to the problem, and every article was human-audited, if you will, to set the record straight.
Thanks to the crash, it became clear that the process of correcting all the errors ended up costing more than if humans had been solely responsible for creating the items in the first place. Although they have retired from letting AI run their stories, they still use it on a smaller scale, as some stories on CNET contain disclaimers saying they are using AI to help create multiple stories.
In the early 2000s, Buzzfeed was the hottest website on the internet, and now they have slowly started churning out AI-created articles. Lo and behold, these articles were also plagued with inaccuracies and outright lies. Last April, Buzzfeed announced that it was closing the news division. This could fuel the hypothesis that while AI is not necessarily killing journalism, it appears to be a catalyst for those who are disappearing from the profession.
Despite the grim and grim early assumptions, it looks like AI isn’t going to kill journalism anytime soon, because journalism is still invested in detecting a story before writing it, and there’s no algorithm to replace that.
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An Overview of Global Events in 2023
In 2023, the world witnessed a myriad of events that left a lasting impact on global affairs. From political developments and economic shifts to environmental challenges and breakthroughs in science and technology, the year was marked by significant changes and a sense of urgency for collective action. Here’s an overview of some of the latest world news in 2023.
Political Unrest and Diplomatic Strides:
In the political arena, several regions experienced unrest and geopolitical tensions. The ongoing conflict in the Middle East continued to dominate headlines, with efforts towards peace and stability remaining elusive. However, there were also moments of diplomatic breakthroughs as nations engaged in dialogues to ease tensions and work towards lasting solutions.
The global economy faced both challenges and opportunities. Trade disputes between major powers affected markets, while some countries grappled with debt crises. On the other hand, emerging economies showed resilience and promising growth, fueling optimism for a more balanced global economic landscape.
Innovation surged forward in the tech industry, with breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, renewable energy, and space exploration. Quantum computing achieved milestones, promising radical transformations across industries. Renewable energy sources gained traction, with many countries setting ambitious goals to combat climate change.
Climate Crisis and Environmental Resilience:
As the climate crisis intensified, extreme weather events wreaked havoc in various parts of the world. Wildfires, hurricanes, and floods reminded humanity of the urgent need for climate action. In response, governments and communities across the globe doubled down on efforts to reduce carbon emissions, invest in sustainable infrastructure, and protect biodiversity.
Health and Pandemic Management:
Health remained a global priority as countries continued to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. With the emergence of new variants, vaccination efforts and public health measures remained crucial to curbing the spread of the virus. There were also significant advancements in medical research and technology, offering hope for better preparedness in handling future health crises.
Sports and Cultural Milestones:
Amidst the challenges, the world found moments of joy and unity through sports and culture. International sporting events brought together athletes from diverse backgrounds, promoting solidarity and camaraderie. Cultural exchanges and celebrations showcased the richness of human diversity and fostered mutual understanding.
In conclusion, the year 2023 was a dynamic period filled with significant events that shaped the course of history. From political unrest to technological advancements and environmental challenges, the world witnessed the complexities of the global landscape. While obstacles remained, there were also encouraging developments and collaborative efforts towards a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous future for all nations. As we move forward, the lessons learned from these events serve as a reminder of the importance of collective action and cooperation to address shared global challenges.