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Consumer tech publisher CNET will pause publishing stories written with the help of AI software, after it was criticized for failing to catch errors in copy generated by machines. Executives at the outlet said in a call that it would pause publishing AI-assisted articles – for now, according to The Verge. This comes soon …

  1. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    I really don't see

    Why a *tool* should be credited as the author of anything.

    You don't credit Word or LibreOffice or Lyx as an author, merely as an adjunct in the colophon.

    Though there should certainly be a warning that the content of an article has been created by statistics rather than intelligence.

    1. Richard 12 Silver badge

      On the contrary

      I'm all for it.

      If you used one of these systems to write any part of your paper and it wasn't the subject of the investigation, you must credit it as an author because it wrote your words.

      This makes it easier for everyone else to file your paper under "likely plagiarism" or "/dev/null"

      1. Paul Kinsler

        Re: you must credit it as an author

        I think I would disagree with "as an author", but it would be entirely reasonable to credit it in the Acknowledgments. In any case, giving credit to machines and software is hardly unusual in academic work (e.g. "We took the measurements with a Oscillo 9000x spectrometer and processed and analyzed the the data with the SoxLab PI software package.")

        1. vekkq

          Re: you must credit it as an author

          Telling what tool you used to make measurements is to make your study verifiable and falsifiable.

          Whether an AI laid out words on your paper however is not relevant to a study.

          1. Neoc

            Re: you must credit it as an author

            I beg to differ - if you are using the AI to write even the first draft of your paper, then the fact is relevant as it could introduce bias in the reporting.

            As such, the use of AI should be not credited, but certainly reported.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: I really don't see

      Can there be a warning when it was written in Word?

    3. Jonjonz

      Re: I really don't see

      Where is the outrage at Grammerly?

      1. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

        Re: I really don't see

        Probably somewhere with the outrage at your spelling.

  2. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

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  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    pieces were factually challenged

    out of AI ass? AI-shit? Where was the AI editor to proof AI writers?

  4. Jonjonz

    These yobs at CNET clearly took writing with AI help as seen in the last season of Westworld to heart.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Pot kettle?

    Still stuck on the bit about Getty suing over steeling images that they probably stole first.

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