It is crucial to ensure that AI models do not adopt biases from their training data, thus compromising media integrity, said the Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur during an event organised by the Press Council of India on the occasion of National Press Day.
“Effectively addressing and mitigating these challenges is our collective responsibility, taking necessary precautions to uphold journalistic integrity and ensure the responsible use of AI in the media,” said Thakur.
While appreciating the increasingly important role of artificial intelligence in the field of news gathering and news dissemination, the Minister also underlined that the nuances of years of experience, context and oversight that an Editor brings will always be a step ahead of the AI.
Speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Media in the Era of Artificial Intelligence’ the Minister said, “While AI undoubtedly adds a new dimension to news reporting, it is crucial to recognise its limitations.”
The Minister delved into the negative perception that is being attempted to be created by certain Western entities and said that even as we celebrate the freedom of the press, we cannot turn a blind eye to those who seek to undermine the spirit of our nation. There are individuals and media outlets that consistently spread fake propaganda against Bharat, both domestically and internationally. It is our collective responsibility to challenge such narratives, expose the falsehoods, and ensure that truth prevails. He added that it was crucial to address the persistent misconceptions propagated by certain Western biases regarding the portrayal of Bharat and its media.