Artificial intelligence and Indian journalism

What happens when one day you turn on your television in the hope to watch the Primetime by your famous national news presenter or watch or watch news hour and you find that your news anchor is a humanoid or come across an article which is written by a robot. Though, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is loaded with lots of benefits that take technology to a new level. AI is fast becoming a stream element of business, big data, and predictive analysis and in biomedical but what is AI, and what happens when it comes to full-fledge journalism line?

Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science whose work is to build machines that behave, think, and act like humans. Actually, AI is not about robots but it’s about creating a computer mind that can think like a human.

From the past, AI already takes a larger part in human lives with the “new facial recognition software” in Apple’s iPhone X to the “ AI program to detect colorectal cancer”, AI is acquiring place everywhere the work AI programme did is indistinguishable from the work of any human. The advances of AI in journalism are just one aspect of the rapid future advances in technology. According to International Data Corporation, it is estimated that worldwide spending on AI by 2021 would be $57.6 billion. In the process of this growth, many creative industries will be automated by AI. They each start with content creation or collection and journalism is one sector within the creative economy that has adopted AI into its creation process.

The working of journalism changed if AI programme becomes full-fledged journalists. A month ago Twitter released a report which was written by Wordsmith (AI programme) but what are the changes and challenges AI have to go through if it comes to Indian journalism.

On 25 February 2018 Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “maan ki baat” radio show addressing to the nation that “artificial intelligence change India and take Indian technology to a new world”.


What are the changes Artificial Intelligence brings if it comes to Indian journalism?

Firstly, AI summarizes the long articles into bite-sized content for social media, thus freeing the journalist for real issues.

Secondly, it also quickly decreases the workload of the quarterly reports. Like Reuters, one of the largest news providers takes the help of “Graphiq” to build and update visualization.

Thirdly, It also helps all the Indian newsrooms to fight with the big newsrooms abroad by using more AI as it improves the quality of news pieces so that it attracts more readers from abroad but it should be free from any biases and provide news at its best.


Change is easy but artificial intelligence would face some challenges if it comes to Indian journalism?

Firstly, one of the big hurdles is money as big media houses can develop their own AI programmes but what with the new or small media houses. Artificial intelligence software needs huge investments.

Secondly, the problem with authenticity as AI may or may not distinguish whether the input it receives is accurate or inaccurate.

Thirdly, we have to develop a technology that relies on understanding many languages as India is home to many languages.

Fourthly, we have to develop our own RADAR- reporters and data robots like other countries if we want to see AI in Indian journalism.

Lastly, artificial intelligence increases the quantity, not quality as can analyze massive data sets but that not mean that all the data is useful and holds some quality.

Artificial Intelligence is everywhere as it almost hit the developed countries newsroom and society. It gradually starts peeping into Indian journalism. Apart from the changes and challenges, AI brings if it comes into full-fledged Indian journalism. In India, 21st century has seen major changes in many fields and it’s very tough to stop AI if it comes into full fledge journalism.

AI’s potential impact on Indian society was encapsulated by the opinion of the journalist. It may be possible that media houses use it for gaining more profit from it. Researchers who invent new things in Artificial Intelligence should also develop media ethics in machines for true unbiased news. Rest we can’t predict that public trust in the reporters will be the same as with the robots.



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