Many in the media are predicting that Artificial Intelligence (AI) may be the answer to every problem faced by editors. The reason is that the jobs of traditional journalists have been cut in the past few years, thus making it difficult for the media to survive.
Recently I spent a few weeks thinking about this and I came to the conclusion that an editor’s job is basically about finding out information, confirming facts, being an advocate, playing devil’s advocate, checking facts and convincing. These are all things that AI will take care of for you, while at the same time taking care of the task at hand.
You may not believe me, but I can guarantee you that those articles you get through the automated online article directory on the web will contain in them at least one fact that was verified by another human being. If you do a little background research you will find that it is very common practice. Human beings are so capable of these processes that they have been successful at it for thousands of years.
However, the problem that is being faced by editors today is that they don’t really have much room to error because the internet has seen to it that their bots have written as many articles as possible in a day’s articles. How many more articles do you think they can write before the article directory shuts down? Of course, they are aware of this, so they attempt to minimize the human element in their articles.
All this artificial intelligence does is give you the chance to get rid of humans altogether and introduce a super intelligent system to take over. For example, imagine the automated system decides to check and verify whether an article is worth doing or not. This will mean that any such articles would be submitted with no human involvement and a short paragraph stating the reason why the writer has decided to use a human editor.
The editor would then check and make sure that the content is correct and in line with the editorial process of the online magazine. If it’s a matter of a doubt he would either reject it or say yes, just like any real editor would.
Another thing that is being done here is that the system will add a new topic. This will be an interesting approach, since the robot does not even know anything about the topic, and the goal is to reach readers at a greater range of topics. And these topics are picked with the help of a keyword search using the artificially intelligent system.
In addition, all the articles will be optimized in a way that they will be crawled by spiders and crawlers, thus reducing the work load. In the end, the articles are all so well written and so cleverly written that they will be selected as the most popular articles and published.
Finally, what makes the Artificial Intelligence so special is that it is not expensive, unlike the human editors. Imagine the expense that is involved in hiring a full-time editor, and let’s not forget the expenses incurred when the human editor fails to do his job.
Indeed, no one can say for sure whether we will lose editors to the machines, but in my opinion it is already there and we can see it. You can also see it in the fall of the newspaper industry, where people such as Carl Bernstein were working before.
Consider all this, and you will see that the future is starting to look bright for the intelligent system that is taking over from human editors. It’s just up to us to keep up.