Axel Springer, owner of Business Insider and Politico, announced that ChatGPT will summarize current news in partnership with OpenAI.
“ChatGPT users around the world will be able to receive a summary of selected global news from Axel Springer-owned media outlets, including German tabloid Bild,” the two companies said in a statement.
According to the Guardian, ChatGPT summaries will include articles that are behind the paywall; the chatbot will also provide ‘links to full articles for transparency and more information’.
The US artificial intelligence (AI) company OpenAI will pay Axel Springer in return, a spokesperson for the media group said in a statement. The spokesperson did not give many details but said the deal would be valid for several years.
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Many newspapers keep their distance from artificial intelligence
Some media companies are taking the opposite approach and trying to keep their content away from the appetite of artificial intelligence. As we reported in recent months, the New York Times has banned the artificial intelligence industry from using its news to train algorithms. It also prevented CNN, ABC, Bloomberg and Guardian articles from being ‘siphoned’ by ChatGPT. OpenAI has been sued multiple times for allegedly using copyrighted works to train its chatbot.
Previous versions of ChatGPT could only generate responses based on a dataset containing information from 2021 and earlier. In recent months, however, OpenAI has taken steps to improve the chatbot’s capabilities to include more up-to-date information.
Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, said the partnership with OpenAI was ‘the first of its kind’. “We want to explore the possibilities of AI-powered journalism to take quality, public interest and the business model to the next level,” he said.
Brad Lightcap, OpenAI’s chief operating officer, said the collaboration will provide new ways for people to access quality, real-time news through AI.
AI chatbots like ChatGPT can generate articles, poems, images and much more in a matter of seconds. But there are fears that bots can spread misinformation and disruption through their responses to user queries. Experts worry that the problem of disinformation on the internet is getting worse.
The so-called ‘AI hallucinations’ have already begun to permeate our daily lives. For example, a lawyer who used ChatGPT to file a lawsuit recently lost his job because the chatbot was referring to non-existent cases.
The Cambridge Dictionary #WordOfTheYear2023 is … 🥁
‘hallucinate’ (verb): When an artificial intelligence hallucinates, it produces false information.
— Cambridge Dictionary (@CambridgeWords) November 15, 2023
‘Hallucination’, chosen by the Cambridge Dictionary as the word of the year for 2023, has taken on a whole new meaning with the introduction of artificial intelligence into our lives. The dictionary has updated the relevant article; now the word also refers to chatbots convincingly presenting things that are not real as if they were.
In February, Morgan Stanley analysts wrote that one of ChatGPT’s most significant shortcomings was that it occasionally fabricated. Analysts expect this problem to persist ‘for the next few years’. With this latest development, it seems unlikely that journalism based on trust will be spared from AI hallucinations.