FT editor in chief Khalaf on the way it will use synthetic intelligence

Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf, editor in chief of The Monetary Instances, writes about how the enterprise newspaper will work with synthetic intelligence.

Khalaf writes, “Nonetheless, whereas they look like very articulate and believable, AI fashions available on the market right now are in the end a prediction engine and they’re studying from the previous. They’ll fabricate information — that is what’s known as “hallucinations” — and make up references and hyperlinks. If sufficiently manipulated, AI fashions can produce totally false pictures and articles. In addition they replicate the prevailing societal views, together with historic biases.

“It’s my conviction that our mission to supply journalism of the very best requirements is all of the extra vital on this period of speedy technological innovation. At a time when misinformation will be generated and unfold quickly and belief within the media basically has declined, we on the FT have a larger duty to be clear, to report the information and to pursue the reality. That’s the reason FT journalism within the new AI age will proceed to be reported and written by people who’re one of the best of their fields and who’re devoted to reporting on and analysing the world as it’s, precisely and pretty.

“The FT can also be a pioneer within the enterprise of digital journalism and our enterprise colleagues will embrace AI to supply providers for readers and purchasers and maintain our report of efficient innovation. Our newsroom too should stay a hub for innovation. It is vital and obligatory for the FT to have a group within the newsroom that may experiment responsibly with AI instruments to help journalists in duties reminiscent of mining knowledge, analysing textual content and pictures and translation. We received’t publish photorealistic pictures generated by AI however we’ll discover the usage of AI-augmented visuals (infographics, diagrams, photographs) and after we do we’ll make that clear to the reader. This is not going to have an effect on artists’ illustrations for the FT. The group may also contemplate, all the time with human oversight, generative AI’s summarising skills.

“We might be clear, inside the FT and with our readers. All newsroom experimentation might be recorded in an inner register, together with, to the extent potential, the usage of third-party suppliers who could also be utilizing the software. Coaching for our journalists on the usage of generative AI for story discovery might be supplied via a sequence of masterclasses.”

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