Coding the News: Ethics, Machines and Newsrooms

Artificial intelligence and automation will transform the world of news, information and journalism in the coming years – from machine-assisted journalism that enables smarter and better reporting to personalized stories created on demand to voice-activated interactive news bots. On the flip side, business models and newsroom staffing will experience even more pressure as robots take on more tasks, and technologies are weaponized for trolling and spreading rumors and false news. How should journalists and others in the news business approach the coming choices and challenges of integrating AI in the newsroom? What are the ethical issues with machines writing stories and finding insights? Most importantly, how can we build in moral choices to ensure news is helping society and the public?

Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.

Primary Entry: Music Badge, Platinum Badge, Artist Wristband, Film Badge, Interactive Badge
Format: Panel
Event Type: Session
Level: Advanced