Artificial intelligence can be used to create information and to counter fake news. But what are the challenges and opportunities within that? That question was at the heart of the annual science lecture of the Parliament’s scientific body (Science and Technlogy Options Assessment – STOA).
A computer managed to beat the world champion of strategy board game Go. And this robot dog could end up replacing our pets. These are the latest achievements in artificial intelligence. The algorithms behind these IT programs are everywhere, including in the media, and they can be used to spread fake news. But they could also be part of the solution. This was the focus of the Parliament's annual science lecture. It's more important to make sure that we have algorithms that give us more options, that give us all the title around an issue and then we decide what we want to believe, because sometimes an opinion or a speculation is something that you can't identify as fake. Using algorithms, websites can create a video based on an article without any human help. But because the algorithms themselves are designed by humans, they can help spread misinformation and discriminatory content. More and more sites are developing ways of controlling what information is put on the internet. We developed a product, Truly media, that does exactly that. It gives the journalists in the news room immediate results from Artificial Intelligence tools that will check the source, that will check the photo if it's manipulated. The real challenge behind this is how to help readers identify credible content online and access better quality journalism.