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How an AI-written Star Wars story created chaos at Gizmodo

By Pranshu Verma

08 Jul 2023 · 7 min read

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  1. Gizmodo, a technology-focused publication, recently published articles written by AI, leading to an outcry among staff.

A few hours after James Whitbrook clocked into work at Gizmodo on Wednesday, he received a note from his editor in chief: Within 12 hours, the company would roll out articles written by artificial intelligence. Roughly 10 minutes later, a story by "Gizmodo Bot" posted on the site about the chronological order of Star Wars movies and television shows.

Whitbrook - a deputy editor at Gizmodo who writes and edits articles about science fiction - quickly read the story, which he said he had not asked for or seen before it was published. He catalogued 18 "concerns, corrections and comments" about the story in an email to Gizmodo's editor in chief, Dan Ackerman, noting the bot put the Star Wars TV series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in the wrong order, omitted any mention of television shows such as "Star Wars: Andor" and the 2008 film also entitled "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," inaccurately formatted movie titles and the story's headline, had repetitive descriptions, and contained no "explicit disclaimer" that it was written by AI except for the "Gizmodo Bot" byline.

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