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AI-Generated Articles: How They're Shaping the Future of Digital Media

AI writes articles, creates images and movies! Discover the future of digital media with AI-Generated Articles and the challenges it brings.

AI’s journey from a humble set of instructions to a full-on machine learning complex has been one that’s nothing short of fascinating. Today, with a set of simple instructions, content creators of all kinds can create articles, images, even movies. 

But let’s take a step back for a moment. AI-generated articles were the first thing that truly generated waves outside the world of machine learning and data analysis. What is it about AI-generated articles that makes them unique and how are they changing the digital world as we know it? 

The world of AI-generated articles is one that’s full of promise, challenges and complex questions that we have yet to fully answer. Keep reading for an insightful journey into the world of AI-generated content and what it could mean for the future. 

The Evolution of AI in Digital Media

The early days of AI in digital media were relegated to basic automated tasks. Schedule this publication or optimize the placement of that image or video. AI began to stretch its wings as it learned from and started recommending relevant content. It could target a precise audience and suggest content topics that the audience may like. 

But AI’s real breakthrough came with the development and success of Generative Pre-trained Transformers (GPT), like ChatGPT and these types of neural networks. These types of technologies allowed the AI to learn from the material it was given and detect patterns while creating language that was remarkably similar to what humans had written. 

Suddenly, news organizations, content platforms and marketers alike began investigating and exploring the seemingly limitless potential of this technology to create everything from marketing copy to poems and short stories. 

But how exactly does the AI go about creating these articles? How do these articles affect content creators and journalists who, until now, made their livelihood with writing? 

How are AI-Generated Articles Actually Created? 

If you’ve ever plopped a prompt into ChatGPT, you’ll no doubt have been impressed by the speed at which it spits out (seemingly) factual details and cohesive content. But what’s actually happening behind the scenes? Let’s take a closer look:

Data Collection and Preprocessing

Before you even write a single word or interact with the AI in any way, it has to be trained. Models like ChatGPT and Google Gemini are trained on vast volumes of data including articles, books, websites and much more. This data must be collected and organized, a process known as “preprocessing”. During preprocessing, errors are corrected, all superfluous information is removed and sometimes annotations are added to help the AI understand the writing structure or tone that it’s going to be learning from. 

Model Selection and Training

Next comes the model selection. There are more models than just Generative pre-trained Transformer (GPT) models, but those are some of the most popular choices because they’re able to create relevant, coherent text so quickly. 

Whichever model is chosen is then trained using the pre-processed data. As the AI learns from the texts, it starts to be able to predict the next word in a sequence based on the words that come before it, effectively searching for and understanding patterns.

Fine-Tuning the Results

Once the initial training is done, data scientists may fine-tune the model to gear it toward outputting specific types of content or have it follow certain writing styles. For example, if the goal is to generate news articles, the model would be trained on a dataset of journalistic writing. This helps the algorithms better “understand” things like nuance and subtlety as well as structure, tone and terminology. 

Creating Initial Drafts

Once the model has been trained and fine-tuned, it’s ready to start creating content. The process usually begins with a prompt from the user. The AI uses this as a sort of foundation to start generating text. The text is generated one word at a time based on patterns it learned during training. The end result is an initial draft that follows the structure and style the model was trained on. 

Quality Control

Although AI can still create coherent and relevant articles, there still needs to be a human in the loop to ensure quality and factual writing. Editors can and should review AI output to correct any factual errors, refine arguments and make sure the content meets editorial standards. 

Further Optimization

The last step in the process often involves further optimization for search engines. This can mean making adjustments to the title, incorporating certain keywords or adding multimedia. This final step helps ensure that the AI-generated content reaches its intended audience. 

What Does AI-Generated Content Mean for Journalism and Content Creation?

AI-generated content has been transformative for both journalism and content creation. It can produce articles quickly which leads to increased efficiency. This in turn allows organizations to respond to news and events in record time. AI can also handle data-heavy reporting tasks like sports results or financial summaries with unparalleled ease. This frees up human journalists to handle more in-depth pieces like investigative reporting or storytelling – both requiring a definitive human touch.

This keen focus has the potential to lift up journalistic quality as a whole, helping to build (or rebuild in some instances) public trust in the institution. 

What Are Some of the Biggest Challenges with AI-Generated Articles? 

Despite AI’s adoption and integration at breakneck speed, it nevertheless comes with its own set of challenges.

Factually Incorrect or Misleading Information

One of the biggest challenges with AI-generated articles is maintaining accuracy and reliability in the content they create. Despite AI’s advanced capabilities, it can still sometimes generate content that’s factually incorrect or misleading. It does this not out of spite, but rather because it’s using patterns from its training without having an understanding of what the truth is. Nor can it verify the accuracy of what it’s producing. 

As a result, without human intervention and oversight, there’s a real risk of content creators and journalists alike disseminating erroneous information. This, in turn, can have serious repercussions, particularly in sensitive areas like finance, international events and healthcare. 

Perpetuating Bias Inherent in Training Data

Another major challenge for AI is its ability to inadvertently perpetuate bias. Just as AI has no ability to discern truth from misinformation, so too does it lack the capacity to understand bias. AI models are trained on vast datasets and being that these are human-crafted datasets, bias can unfortunately be baked in. AI can take this bias and amplify it, leading to content that can continually be shared online, which can in turn perpetuate the bias. 

For instance, let’s imagine an AI system trained to write articles about technology careers. If the data it was trained on predominantly included references to male professionals and gender roles in the tech industry, the AI might generate text that implicitly suggests that some tech careers are better suited toward men, which would then discourage women from applying for them and further widen the gender gap. 

Tackling the Challenges Ahead

Being able to address these challenges means that datasets must be carefully curated. Algorithms must be developed that can identify and help mitigate the bias, and research is ongoing to try and figure out how to do this with AI. What’s more, the use of AI in articles raises legitimate concerns about copyright, authorship and authenticity. Who owns a work that AI has “written”? Who is responsible if it includes errors or misinformation? How do publishers or editors know if the content has been plagiarized from an existing dataset? 

It’s not a matter of if AI becomes more prevalent in writing, but when. These answers are needed sooner rather than later, and as these machine learning algorithms become more advanced, it will become more and more difficult to discern what is human-written and what is AI-generated. 

What Might a Future of AI and Digital Media Look Like?

That brings us to the question of what lies ahead, a year, five years or even a decade from now when AI is firmly integrated in digital media? Here are a few thoughts: 

Greater Personalization

If AI is great at something, it’s being able to analyze huge swaths of data and predict patterns and preferences. With this ability will come the ability for media platforms to create content that is specifically optimized to an individual’s tastes, behaviors and interests. This could in turn create a new type of media consumption where everything from news feeds to audiobooks are dynamically created to match the interests of each viewer, in turn boosting engagement and customer satisfaction while heightening the user experience. 

Initiatives have already taken root that link AI with emerging technologies like virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) to create more immersive worlds for storytelling. The future of how we as a society consume content will be one of rapid change and innovation. 

Content Creation of the Future

In terms of content creation, AI will likely continue to evolve and play a pivotal role in automating tasks like generating content drafts and outlines. Just like in journalism, where AI can handle the number-crunching of financial reports and sports scores, so too could AI free up human content creators to focus more on high-level creative activities and content strategy. 

It’s even possible that AI could create entirely new genres of music, video and content that are unimaginable today. For this reason, we must make headway today in specific considerations including privacy, data security, diversity of opinion and perspective and the preservation of distinct cultures. 

The Bottom Line on How AI-Generated Articles are Shaping the Future

AI offers content creators immense potential to help streamline their processes while personalizing experiences for their clients and chosen audiences. As technology continues to evolve, it’s creating a transformative shift in creativity which seeps into numerous areas, including journalism, marketing, entertainment and more.

As a result of this integration, AI and human creators alike are able to create more engaging and relevant content that is tailored to individual customers. What’s more, this content will be able to be created more efficiently than ever, allowing companies to craft informative, engaging and impactful content at scale. Doing this, however, will come at a cost, as humans in charge of steering and training the technology, we will need to be vigilant in terms of how it is used. We’ll need to navigate areas of ethics, privacy and plagiarism with greater care and responsibility. 

No matter what the future of AI looks like, human oversight will continue to be a necessity. Rather than AI taking over human jobs, the goal will be to collaborate. Humans and AI have the capacity to complement each other’s strengths and this is already showing to be a promising way forward. Human creativity, empathy and ethics combined with AI’s efficiency and capacity to process vast volumes of data can create a new era of digital media that’s inclusive and innovative. 

By taking these points into account, we can create a future where AI and digital media together is not just transformative but also respective, building on our shared human values.

Sherice Jacob

Plagiarism Expert Sherice Jacob brings over 20 years of experience to digital marketing as a copywriter and content creator. With a finger on the pulse of AI and its developments, she works extensively with Originality.ai to help businesses and publishers get the best returns from their Content.

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