Microsoft is replacing dozens of journalists working on its MSN website with automated AI systems for news selection, according to US media reports. and the United Kingdom.
The selection of stories from the various news sources and the selection of headlines and images for the MSN site is currently done by journalists. However, according to Seattle Times sources, an artificial intelligence system will carry out these news selection tasks.
The US technology giant He said in a statement: “Like all companies, we evaluate our business on a regular basis. This may result in increased investment in some places and, occasionally, redistribution in others. These decisions are not the result of the current pandemic. “
Microsoft, like other tech companies, pays news organizations to use their content on its website, but it employs journalists to decide what stories to show and how they are presented.
About 50 hired news producers will lose their jobs in late June, the Seattle Times reports, but there will remain a full-time team of journalists.
“It is demoralizing to think that machines can replace us, but that’s it ,” one of the people who will be potentially affected told the newspaper.
Some journalists warn that artificial intelligence may not be fully familiar with strict editorial guidelines , and could end up letting in inappropriate stories.
“I spend all my time reading about how automation and AI are going to take all our jobs away – now they’ve taken mine away from me,” says another journalist.