According to the New York Times, Google is currently testing a new AI tool that can generate articles for journalists based on a few provided facts. The tech giant has presented this tool as a “journalists’ personal assistant” to media outlets like the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. The goal is to free up journalists for other tasks.
While some executives expressed concerns that the tool might underestimate the effort required to create accurate and well-crafted news stories, others see it as a helpful personal aid. Google spokesperson Jenn Crider clarified that these AI-enabled tools are not meant to replace journalists but to assist them with options for headlines and writing styles.
The specific division within Google responsible for the AI tool, known as Genesis AI, remains uncertain. Google already offers similar features like “Help me write” in Gmail and Google Docs, as well as a context-sensitive version called Magic Compose in Messages.
One possible application of this technology could involve training a Language Learning Model on a news organization’s archives to emulate its writing style. OpenAI has recently partnered with the Associated Press to explore such possibilities in generative AI for new products and services.
However, it is essential to acknowledge that AI-assisted tools may sometimes produce factually incorrect information and unreliable answers. Therefore, it may be premature to fully rely on machines for everything at this stage. The human role of reporting, creating, and fact-checking articles remains indispensable in journalism.