Artificial intelligence researchers have developed software that can emulate the writing style of humans, a development that could make it easier for miscreants to mass-produce fake news articles, The New York Times reported. This is a reminder that the automation that AI provides can have both positive and negative implications, and seems to pour cold water on the idea that AI may yield the answer to stemming the spread of fake news.
The issue of how to handle this type of AI technology is already a topic of hot debate among researchers. Some organizations, like OpenAI, feel that the dangers of the tech falling into the wrong hands outweigh any benefit that could be gained from making it publicly available. Others, like the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, have the opposite view.