(25 Jan 2023) Over the past two weeks, CNET has become the poster child of artificial intelligence (AI) gone wrong.
First, the website was caught publishing articles produced by an AI under the byline “CNET Money Staff” in an article written by Frank Landymore at Futurism.
There was no clear disclosure that it was written by an AI, and it was only discovered after some users clicked the byline itself. To make matters worse, the byline page didn’t make it completely clear either, saying that “This article was generated using automation technology” rather than saying it was written by an AI.
All totaled, it appears CNET has published some 73 articles using their AI system.
Still, CNET brushed the criticism aside, saying that they were still editing and fact-checking those articles with humans before publishing. Unfortunately, that argument fell at the first hurdle when Jon Christian at Futurism published an article highlighting factual errors found in those articles.
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