Byline: HAL 9000. How will AI change the face of journalism?

Two-way TVs. Hidden microphones. Censored news. Secret police. And always, Big Brother — watching, watching.

We all know Orwell’s "1984." Scary stuff. But one of his predictions was less noticed.

In the dictatorship of the future, Orwell says, writing will be done automatically. "Novel writing machines" will create the trashy books and newspapers read by the masses. Popular songs will be composed "entirely by mechanical means on a special kind of kaleidoscope known as a versificator."And here we are.AI is the bogeyman that haunts our dreams — already crowded with climate change, political instability, gun violence and pandemic. Machines, we’re told, […]

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