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South Korea Developing AI System to Keep Journalism Alive


Journalists at a press conference.

Yonsei University researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system designed to help the journalism industry regain public trust and recoup lost earnings.

Credit: Lim Huey Teng/Malaysiakini

Researchers at Yonsei University in South Korea are developing an artificial intelligence (AI) system to help the journalism industry regain the public trust and recoup lost earnings.

The initiative, called the News Trust Committee, is comprised of 15 members, including journalism scholars, multidisciplinary journalists, computer scientists, and experts in language processing.

The team believes the journalism industry needs to become more reliant on algorithms because algorithmic decisions are affecting the way in which people perceive reality and form opinions via filtering, making priorities, and association.

Yonsei professor Yoon Young Chul notes the media industry should strengthen regulations on platforms such as new media and social media, and leverage portals by collaborating with them, stop providing news to portals by establishing commercial platforms of their own, and focus on paid subscription models.

"News diversity is affected by algorithmic diversity; we need an algorithm method which is an alternative to the one based on the 'give what they want' logic," Yoon says.

From Bernama News Agency
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