Google currently testing AI news-writing tool

Tech company collaborates with news publications on tool to help journalists write their articles

Google says it is in the early stages of developing artificial intelligence tools to help journalists write stories and headlines. AP
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Google is working with news publishers to design a new AI-backed tool to help journalists report and write their stories, the company said on Thursday.

The project was first reported by The New York Times, which is working with The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal in testing the new product.

Quoting anonymous sources, the report said the tool – known internally as Genesis – was in an early testing stage, but impressive enough to be found “unsettling” by some of news executives who saw its abilities.

“In partnership with news publishers, especially smaller publishers, we're in the earliest stages of exploring ideas to potentially provide AI-enabled tools to help their journalists with their work," a Google spokeswoman said in a statement,

“Quite simply, these tools are not intended to, and cannot, replace the essential role journalists have in reporting, creating and fact-checking their articles."

The tool would function as a sort of co-pilot for reporters and editors by providing options for headlines or different writing styles, the company said.

The Google project follows news of a tie-up between OpenAI and AP, in which the ChatGPT creator was given a licence to use the archives of the wire service going back to 1985 to train AI.

“The arrangement sees OpenAI licensing part of AP's text archive, while AP will leverage OpenAI's technology and product expertise,” the two organisations said in a statement last week.

AP has used other forms of AI for nearly a decade, including to automate corporate earnings reports and recap some sports events.

The emergence of ChatGPT last year caused great alarm in the news industry, with the app's ability to write convincingly and in seconds on complex topics from a simple prompt.

Updated: July 21, 2023, 12:58 AM