“Craig, you are not paying me enough!” she said when she saw the write-up. Now, don’t get me wrong. Amy is very talented and could use more pay. But the facts are she previously worked at the Albany Democrat-Herald in Oregon and has won numerous Society of Professional Journalists awards.
In summary, I don’t think we will be using ChatGPT for any purpose in the near future. But technology changes quickly, and we may revisit this policy. If we do, we will be sure to let our readers know. But for now you can be assured that stories from The Columbian are written by humans.
Art generated using artificial intelligence is another issue. We illustrated the ChatGPT story with an image that was created by an AI program called DALL-E 2, also created by OpenAI. Amy gave it a prompt: “photo of robot typing on a computer in an office,” and with a few editing changes, she soon got what she wanted.
Like the college student and the term paper, using artificial intelligence to generate images conjures up a bunch of ethical questions. Our first question was regarding copyright. Do we own an image a computer draws in response to our prompt? Does OpenAI own it? The answer is, apparently, no one owns it— though OpenAI claims the copyright. The law hasn’t caught up to technology in this area.
Our second question: How do we label these? Our robot typist was labeled as “Illustration created using DALL-E 2 AI image generation.” We will continue this clear labeling policy going forward.
We also agreed that AI-generated images will be rarely used, and only if there is a specific purpose, such as illustrating a story on AI. I would also avoid using generated images that would look lifelike. For example, we wouldn’t want to use a computer image of “Rattlesnakes infesting Esther Short Park.” (There is an evil part of me that wants to see “King Kong climbs Clark County Courthouse,” but I will restrain myself.)
Artificial intelligence is an interesting tool, and may become very useful in journalism. It’s not there yet, but when it arrives, we will let readers know about it.
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