AI, Musk and Bard after ChatGPT: a challenge for information

Artificial intelligence attracts capital and develops a competitive market

around theTO THE a competitive market is developing. The advantage accumulated by Chat GPT and Microsoft has to deal with the competition of Bardand Google, which officially lands in Europe and Italy, and with plans to Elon Musk, which announced the launch of its new dedicated company, xAI. New subjects, new tools and a revolution that through artificial intelligence is destined to change the rules of the game in all sectors. The challenge is also aimed at the world of information, with publishers and journalists who cannot be ignored.

The topic is crucial and the updating of the potential, opportunities and risks associated with AI must above all push towards an effort of knowledge and understanding. How should it be used? To what extent can human competences be delegated or replaced? What is the balance to be found between inspiration, audacity, sensitivity, all profoundly human qualities, and the impressive processing possibilities allowed by algorithms?

Corriere della Sera has published an excerpt from the book ‘The Age of Artificial Intelligence’, signed by former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt, and the computer scientist and dean of MIT Daniel Huttenlocher. The synthesis they propose starts from the premise that “individuals and companies that welcome artificial intelligence as partners in order to broaden their skills or pursue certain ideas, may be able to accomplish feats – scientific, medical, military, political and social -destined to eclipse those of previous eras”, goes through the warning that “artificial intelligence can improve or – if used incorrectly – worsen humanity” and arrives at the conclusion that “artificial intelligence will transform our approach what we know, how we know, and even what it is possible to know.”

These considerations also directly involve information and journalism. Because artificial intelligence hired as a partner is the key with which you can have a constructive approach to the problem, because if AI is used in the wrong way it can compromise the chances that remain to give publishing a future and because if, as is evident, AI changes the approach to knowledge and automatically changes the pattern and rules of the game for information. The challenge is to make information, knowing as much as possible, obviously also through AI and innovating relentlessly, but without surrendering to ChatGPT, Bard or Elon Musk’s new creature. (By Fabio Insenga)