Farid talks AI-written journalism with Washington Post

Robotic finger typing on a laptop.

Tech site CNET recently published several articles entirely written by artificial intelligence (AI).

Hany Farid, a CITRIS principal investigator and UC Berkeley professor in electrical engineering and computer sciences and the School of Information, discussed CNET’s claims that the AI-written stories were thoroughly fact-checked by an editor on staff. He added thoughts that the editors were possibly less careful when proofreading the automated content.

“This is, perhaps, the classic story of automation reducing the need for human labor and/or changing the nature of human labor,” Farid said. “The difference now is that the automation is not disrupting manual work, but is instead disrupting highly creative work that was thought to be outside the reach of automation.”