For the time being, CNET is discontinuing the use of AI-written articles. The Verge claims the technology publication’s leadership has paused experiments with AI stories “for now” during a question-and-answer call with staff.
While the exact reason for the freeze, which also affects Bankrate and CreditCards.com, editor-in-chief Connie Guglielmo reportedly stated that future AI-related stories would include a disclosure that the publication uses automated technologies.
According to The Verge, executive content VP Lindsey Turrentine also promised more transparency about the AI. She stated that some employees would be given a sneak peek at the technology.
More information about the system is expected to be released next week. Red Ventures, the company that owns CNET, has also formed an AI working group. Staff were mostly unaware of the AI’s inner workings or when it was used.
Last week, Futurism discovered that dozens of financial explainer articles appeared to have been written using “automation technology.” While there was a disclosure, it was effectively hidden because it had to be accessed by clicking the byline.
CNET claimed in the blurb that humans “thoroughly” edited and fact-checked the work, but that wasn’t the case — the outlet began reviewing the pieces after Futurism discovered serious errors in one of the stories.
CNET has previously used machine-made articles. However, AI has advanced since then, and the discovery comes as text generation tools like ChatGPT face criticism and even bans due to concerns about plagiarism and reduced work for human writers.
As with other forms of automation in the workplace, some people are skeptical that businesses will use AI ethically.