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Journalism organizations across the world, including ours, are urgently wrestling with what kind of policy approach to take to artificial intelligence. Generative AI programs like ChatGPT are increasingly being used by students, lawyers, real estate brokers and countless others to help them write essays, prepare briefs and entice homebuyers, among other things. News organizations are also beginning to experiment with AI in the creation of stories, sometimes with amusing or even alarming results.

High-profile generative AI programs are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg, though. The core concepts of artificial intelligence are spreading widely in everything from self-driving cars to apps that determine your creditworthiness.

But, writes cyber intelligence expert Mark Bailey, there’s a problem that undermines them all: trust. “Many of their inner workings are impenetrable, making them fundamentally unexplainable and unpredictable,” Bailey writes in a piece edited by tech editor Eric Smalley. That’s one reason the Department of Defense requires that a human be “in the loop” for all AI-based decision making.

His story is worth a read as we as a society ponder how best to handle the transformative power of artificial intelligence.

Bryan Keogh

Managing Editor

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People can trust each other because they understand how the human mind works, can predict people’s behavior, and assume that most people have a moral sense. None of these things are true of AI.

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