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The Professor And The AI: Is The Media Really Ready For Machine Learning?
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Reach is the latest publisher to get behind AI. The publisher’s CEO Jim Mullen has told the FT that the company has set-up a working group to explore its journalistic uses. "It’s still very early days but it’s something we see as a tool to support our editorial teams, much like the other tech we’re already using,” he said.
The London Stock Exchange-listed business, which publishes more than 130 national and regional titles, follows in the footsteps of PA Media, AP and many other outlets in doing so.
Professor Charlie Beckett, author, journalist and academic, has been studying the connection between AI and journalism for years. He is the director of Polis, the London School of Economics' (LSE) international journalism think-tank, where he leads the LSE Journalism and AI project, which is sponsored by Google.
I spoke to Charlie for Tech, Power & Media, Future News’ sister channel, about the recent hype around AI, why ‘machine learning’ is a better term for the technology and the other innovations which can transform journalism, amongst other things.
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