Generative AI and Editorial Use

Interesting Engineering has covered OpenAI's artificial intelligence-powered chatbot since its launch in November 2022. Its ability to give impressive responses to abstract questions has sparked debate over whether it could play a role in journalism.

As IE always seeks innovative ways to build on our existing reporting, we've followed the debate with keen interest.

While Generative AI is not ready to produce entire stories, it can help journalists and editors correct spelling and grammar as well as help rephrase sentences and paragraphs.

In some cases, it can also be employed to help summarise long technical white papers and scientific studies into more digestible language for those who are not experts in a specific field.

With this in mind, IE will approach Generative AI with some ground rules:

  • Writers must disclose if and how they have used Generative AI for a story at the bottom of an article.
  • Writers must not use AI to generate significant passages of written content without human input and editing.
  • When we create content with AI in the future, it will be edited by a human and a disclosure will be added to the beginning of article.

On articles where Generative AI assisted the writer in producing the story, we will include the following footnote:

“This article was produced with the assistance of the Generative AI tool. Find out more about our policy on AI-powered writing here.”

We will review our approach as the technology develops and make changes accordingly.