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CNET is using AI to write stories

January 12, 2023

Posted by Chris Roush

Tech news site CNET began using artificial intelligence to write some stories in November, reports Frank Landymore of Futurism.

Landymore writes, “The articles are published under the unassuming appellation of ‘CNET Money Staff,’ and encompass topics like ‘Should You Break an Early CD for a Better Rate?’ or ‘What is Zelle and How Does It Work?’

“That byline obviously does not paint the full picture, and so your average reader visiting the site likely would have no idea that what they’re reading is AI-generated. It’s only when you click on ‘CNET Money Staff,’ that the actual ‘authorship’ is revealed.

“‘This article was generated using automation technology,’ reads a dropdown description, ‘and thoroughly edited and fact-checked by an editor on our editorial staff.’

“Since the program began, CNET has put out around 73 AI-generated articles. That’s not a whole lot for a site that big, and absent an official announcement of the program, it appears leadership is trying to keep the experiment as lowkey as possible. CNET did not respond to questions about the AI-generated articles.”

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