Content creation with artificial intelligence (AI) has been making headline news in recent weeks. It has been speculated that the business of news delivery may – in the future – be delivered by artificial intelligence. Already algorithms and computer data analysis generate the analysis of many news stories, from data analytics to the gathering of relevant facts from a large body of information. Artificial intelligence technology is still in its infancy, but it continues to mature in an exponential manner. Nonetheless, the business of news delivery is being disrupted by technology and the business model to fund operations remains elusive. It is impossible to know what the future of the news media will be like. Will AI become the news delivery vehicle of the future, is an important question.
El Paso News already uses artificial intelligence technology to create voiceovers for some of our podcasts and videos. But we wanted to learn more about what is possible with AI in the news industry. The following is an article created by AI through ChatGPT. The accompanying graphics are also AI generated. And the accompanying podcast is also AI generated.
Because Proposition K has become controversial in the upcoming May 6 election and because El Paso News has remained neutral on the issue, we decided to experiment on AI technology by generating an AI article on climate change.
We first tried to generate an article addressing why voters should vote for Proposition K and another on why voters should vote against it. We quickly found out that the AI is unable to provide results to our two questions because AIs depend on an existing body of work accessible to them online to create their responses. Because the May 6 election has not happened, the AI kept answering our request for information on a previous Proposition K, the 2% art tax added for city arts projects.
Because our original request was not possible, we decided to have the AI generate an article on climate change in El Paso, pollution and how the city government has addressed it. However, because our experiment is about trying to understand if AI has a future in the news delivery business, we first asked ChatGPT about it. What follows is an article created by AI through ChatGPT and its accompanying artwork, minus the title text. We applied our normal editorial review and changes for format and readability to what the AI created, as we do for all guest articles. However, the following article and accompanying images are AI generated.
Listen to the podcast version of this article:
On The Future Of AI In News
Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to deliver news headlines. In fact, many news organizations are already using AI and machine learning algorithms to generate and curate news content.
AI can be used to automatically scan and analyze large amounts of data, such as news articles, social media feeds, and other sources, to identify trends and generate news headlines and stories. News organizations can also use AI to personalize news content for individual readers based on their interests and preferences.
There are several examples of news organizations using AI for news headlines and content generation, including Reuters, which uses an AI algorithm called News Tracer to identify breaking news stories and generate headlines, and The Washington Post, which uses an AI system called Heliograf to automate the creation of news articles for certain topics and events.
While AI can be a useful tool for generating news headlines and content, it is important to note that it is not a substitute for human judgement and editorial oversight. News organizations must still ensure that the content generated by AI is accurate, reliable, and ethical.
On Climate Change In El Paso
El Paso, Texas is not immune to the impacts of climate change. Like other regions, El Paso is experiencing changes in weather patterns, rising temperatures, and an increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as droughts and heatwaves. These changes can have significant impacts on the region’s ecosystems, water resources, public health, and economy.
According to the 4th National Climate Assessment, the Southwestern United States, which includes El Paso, is expected to experience increased temperatures, decreased water availability, and suffer more frequent and severe wildfires due to climate change. This can lead to a range of impacts, including impacts on agriculture and livestock production, energy demands, and increased risks to public health due to heat stress and air pollution.
The City of El Paso is taking steps to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, including implementing energy efficiency measures, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and encouraging sustainable transportation options. These efforts can help to reduce the region’s contribution to climate change and build resilience to its impacts.
Pollution In El Paso
El Paso, Texas, like many urban areas, experiences some level of pollution. The types and levels of pollutants can vary based on a range of factors, such as the sources of pollution, weather patterns, and topography.
Some of the common sources of air pollution in El Paso include transportation, industrial activities, and dust and particulate matter from construction and natural sources such as wind-blown dust and wildfires. Exposure to these pollutants can have negative impacts on public health, particularly for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, and those with pre-existing health conditions.
According to data from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), El Paso has experienced some periods of poor air quality due to high levels of particulate matter, particularly during dust storms and wildfires. However, the EPA also notes that the overall air quality in El Paso has improved over the past several decades due to increased regulation and implementation of pollution controls.
The City of El Paso has implemented several measures to address air pollution, including regulations for industrial emissions and vehicle emissions testing programs. The city has also established programs to encourage the use of alternative transportation methods, such as public transportation, cycling, and walking, to reduce vehicle emissions.
Overall, while El Paso experiences some level of pollution, the city has taken steps to address it and improve air quality.
Climate legislation can be enacted at the municipal level in El Paso, Texas. Municipalities have the authority to enact policies and regulations to address a wide range of issues, including climate change.
In fact, many cities and towns across the United States have already implemented their own climate policies and regulations, such as energy efficiency requirements for buildings, renewable energy mandates, and transportation-related initiatives like bike-sharing programs and public transportation improvements.
Cities may also establish sustainability plans, which can include targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy sources, and promoting sustainable transportation and land use practices.
The City of El Paso has established a Climate Action Plan, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city operations and the community, increase energy efficiency, and promote sustainable transportation options. This plan was adopted in 2019 and sets a goal to reduce community greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050.
Overall, municipal-level climate legislation and action can play a critical role in addressing climate change and building resilience to its impacts at the local level.
El Paso City Council has the authority to address climate change at the local level by enacting policies and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote sustainable practices. The El Paso City Council can also implement policies to promote sustainable development and land use practices, such as zoning regulations that encourage mixed-use development and reduce urban sprawl. The city council can also support the development of green infrastructure, such as parks and green roofs, which can help to mitigate the urban heat island effect and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In addition, the city council can work with local stakeholders, including businesses, community organizations, and residents, to raise awareness of the impacts of climate change and promote individual and collective actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Overall, the El Paso City Council has the authority and ability to address climate change at the local level and promote sustainability and resilience in the community.
El Paso News And AI Technology
As the AI technology continues to be developed, El Paso News will continue to experiment with it. Ethics in AI technology is also developing along with the technology. We will strive to be transparent when we experiment with the AI. We already use AI voices to help us deliver video content and podcasts to you. In the coming weeks we will look for ways to add AI to our publication by focusing on bringing you important news headlines to keep you up to date on the important news and information that can impact you and your families.
Although we plan on adding AI technology to our content, we will continue to focus on our primary purpose, delivering hyper-local news analysis about the politics and the public policies that impact your lives and your pocket books.
Drop us a line and let us know what you think about the AI technology and how we should best deploy it for you.