Posted on: Friday, May 12, 2023 – 8:30 PM | Last update: Friday 12 May 2023 – 8:30 PM
A report by the “Washington Post” warns of a “disinformation pandemic” if clear foundations and standards are not established.
A recent report published by The Washington Post revealed a new crisis in the publishing industry after books created almost entirely by artificial intelligence systems began sweeping the Amazon bookstore market.
The report stated that the problem began to exacerbate, as it became difficult to distinguish real authors from the artificial intelligence that authors books. For example, a publisher was found to be rolling out dozens of books on Amazon on highly specialized topics with suspicious five-star reviews supporting the process, and then it turned out to be an AI rather than a human writer.
The report added that the problem has other dimensions. Other AI content is flooding the rest of the internet with anonymous material, too, which could easily spread what The Washington Post called a “pandemic of misinformation.”
There are also current fears that these misleading materials that artificial intelligence spreads over the Internet as if they were published by humans may eventually lead to a chain of comments and interactions that may lead to controversies that spread like wildfire across the Internet in what is known as a “trend” with text generators. AI replenishes each other’s content.
According to the latest report published by Newsguard, a company specializing in journalism and mapping the credibility of online news sources, a whopping 49 websites were found to be producing disparate content that appeared to be entirely generated by artificial intelligence in the month of April alone.--
It seems that the giant publishing companies have already started trying to adapt to this new reality. Where some of them hide the fact that they resort to the use of artificial intelligence techniques in turn, while others are not shy about declaring this fact.
“We’re actually providing a service to people by leveraging AI tools and its ability to create content and we’re not shy about saying that,” said Josh Jaffe, president of San Francisco-based online publishing company Ingenio.
The “Washington Post” report also revealed that some online publications, which come from large media companies specializing in news dissemination, such as CNET and BuzzFeed, are already using artificial intelligence technology, or AI, to create content periodically without human intervention, which raises many doubts about its credibility. .
Artificial intelligence systems have begun to invade even the world of art and literature. For example, this week, the American artist Edward Hopper published a digital painting that achieved great sales, which he created entirely using artificial intelligence tools, which means that even images generated by artificial intelligence are beginning to flood the Internet.
As for the authors, many of them expressed their fears about the unexpected competition that awaits them in the future with artificial intelligence systems; Because if the matter continues in this way, these algorithms will write and publish books and pull the rug from under their feet. The writer and software developer in Portland, Oregon, Chris Coyle, said: It is frightening and will inevitably lead to a state of collective confusion. We now know that any text that we will write as authors will be entered through an artificial intelligence system that will analyze, study and imitate it in order to create content in turn, which will create more competition. The content is pretty much the same.
“The main issue is losing track of the truth,” said scientist Margaret Mitchell, who works at the emerging Hugging Face Foundation concerned with artificial intelligence and open source software. She added that we humans have not yet laid the foundations for artificial intelligence systems, and with the absence of those foundations, these systems can invent everything. And anything, and she continued: “The crisis lies in the global openness due to the Internet, as the receiving audience cannot distinguish between realistic content created by humans and fictitious content created by artificial intelligence systems.”