The two letters AI (for artificial intelligence) are everywhere these days. Most people know what the 'A' and the 'I' stand for, but few have had a chance to experience the world of bots and see, first-hand, all this new breath of technological advance into our lives can do.
For those who know little about AI, apprehension, doubt, and fear seems more prevalent in their minds than the wonders of AI and how it can help us with our work and daily lives.
As a journalism professor, I have seen it as my obligation to experiment with AI and become knowledgeable in it to share that information with my graduate students at Columbia University. I have been entering the halls of robot land for two years, just as so many have.
Adoption of AI has more than doubled since 2017, not just with business firms, where about 58% are using, considering or adapting AI to their functions and procedures, but also with individuals who find interactions and searching for information with AI more enjoyable than with Google.
While Google gives you links, AI provides you with narrative-style formats to inform you of any topic. AI-powered search engines offer even more accurate, efficient, and personalised search results.
So, when my publisher in New York suggested I write a book about AI for content creators, emphasising how AI can help journalists, I jumped at the chance.
I first told the publisher that I was not an expert on the subject, to which he replied: "Neither is anyone else, Mario. You have 53 years of experience with media projects around the globe, and you have researched AI, so I invite you to write a book with essentials of AI for writers, journalists and editors."
The book is now in the hands of the editor for publication in late fall this year.