Can AI and Machine Learning Fix Fake News?


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How do you know if the label "fake news" applies to the words you are reading or the news stories you are watching on TV or the internet? One of the things I do to make sure what I'm reading is actual news and not fake news is to make sure the news I'm reading is coming from a trusted publisher. Among those I trust to deliver accurate fact-based reporting is Bloomberg.

It's a brand that has been in the business of delivering information since the 1980s. Now, amid a turbulent time for the news media and a groundbreaking time for the advancement of data analytics, Bloomberg is positioned to apply the benefits of AI and machine learning to news gathering, information gathering, and more.

This week we welcome Bloomberg CTO Gideon Mann to A2 Radio. Mann also serves as Head of Data Science at Bloomberg, which started out as financial data services provider and still is well known for its "Bloomberg Terminal."

In his capacity heading up data science at Bloomberg, Mann's work touches a wide range of issues, from how data science can be used for news gathering and reporting and fact checking to some experiments the firm is conducting about how augmented reality might be used in an enterprise setting.

We'll also talk about social sentiment analysis. This is another key project at Bloomberg. Bloomberg has examined how sentiment analysis techniques can be applied to identify news stories or tweets that are relevant for an individual stock ticker and assign sentiment scores to stories or tweets in a feed.

Join us on Tuesday, July 18, at 2 pm ET/11 am PT as we talk to Gideon Mann about all these issues, projects, and what else is going on in Bloomberg's office of the CTO. You can register now for this event by clicking here.

Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps, Informationweek

Jessica Davis has spent a career covering the intersection of business and technology at titles including IDG's Infoworld, Ziff Davis Enterprise's eWeek and Channel Insider, and Penton Technology's MSPmentor. She's passionate about the practical use of business intelligence, predictive analytics, and big data for smarter business and a better world. In her spare time she enjoys playing Minecraft and other video games with her sons. She's also a student and performer of improvisational comedy. Follow her on Twitter: @jessicadavis.

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Re: Fake News
  • 8/1/2017 7:39:37 PM
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Bravo, Broadway... what's really needed are more discerning readers, which requires effort and vigilance. it's the bitter lesson of the 20167 election cycle for us all to get more skeptical about the stuff we see re-posted to Facebook or even the lead stories on the websites of major news outlets.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/30/2017 4:41:30 AM
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Teaching kids and adults about fake news and how it operates could help people become more savy. 

Right now, however, I have little faith in most humans.  Take Facebook conversations  Hardly anyone reads anyone elses comments and they just ramble what they want to say.   They go for the easy way and if the first thing they get a fake news story they run with it.  Part of the problem is that most fake news contains enough real news  to make a person believe it.

However, fighting fake news may not be that difficult because it often comes from the same websites over and over and those sites could be banned.  However, that runs a dangerous freedom of speech slope and that latermissued and   real news sites could be banned.

 

 

Re: Fake News
  • 7/29/2017 2:49:01 PM
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"...wonder if the folks who have the final say in what and how news is reported contribute to the sometime low quality of reporting resulting in more opinion or bias than news facts."

 

 

@kq4ym       No need to wonder about this.  It is fact.  Someone signs off on these formats, stories and the people who deliver them.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/29/2017 2:45:45 PM
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@kq4ym     I am so glad you expose yet another elephant in the room when it comes to the intelligence level of local TV news coverage !   It has been a pet peeve of mine for decades.  As most of you know, I am in Los Angeles and this city was for the most part was built on "pretty faces" without much substance.   

I have not regularly watched local news coverage for decades for this very reason, I simply have better things to do with my time than to listen to someone who obviously is just reading the prompter with little else in there head.   

We have newscasters here ( and I am sure it happens throughout the U.S. ) who have been at their local news stations for decades who think they are doing a great job when actually every time I mistakenly stop to listen, I am reminded that they still don't even understand what their job is or could be.

 

I have no plans to waste my time on local news now or in the future.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/29/2017 2:36:07 PM
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Hi Boradway,   Excellent point and well said.  It is a bit unsettling to think Editors are the "caretakers of Truth" in a very real sense.  And this responsibility is often compromised for agendas that have little to do with Truth.   Which is why it is so important for individuals to wake up to the content they read, and not just take it as Truth.    

IMO This will be one of the most difficult challenges we as a society face because most want to be spoon feed their information ( if they care at all about it in the first place).

I can understand this shortcoming when one is young or lacks the background to discern fact from fantasy however at some point there is no excuse for believing what is written or reported without considerable skeptism and proof.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/27/2017 8:59:20 PM
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I've never worked in the mass media or mainstream media as it is now known. But I'd guess that maybe journalists at the major outlets are very smart. They may be burned out, going through the motions or impacted by their own smugness or egos, but unintelligent ... no.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/27/2017 8:20:22 AM
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Looking at some TV local news coverage I sometimes wonder if even the intelligence level of the reporters, writers, and anchor people might be a tad low contributing to some low quality stories. And wonder if the folks who have the final say in what and how news is reported contribute to the sometime low quality of reporting resulting in more opinion or bias than news facts.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/25/2017 9:14:43 PM
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Hi Louis, as long as news has been around, there have been editors. Editors clip a story to fit within a certain space in a paper or on a broadcast. And they have always applied their own and their institution's priorities to their work. What's more, sloppiness and laziness on the part of editors and writers are also constants that impact coverage. Some can argue that all these factors have increased in the 24/7 news cycle. And none of them should be excused.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/25/2017 3:35:30 PM
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I see a new course being taught in schools coming soon !   

 

Fake News 101 : An Introduction, Consequences and Pitfalls.

Re: Fake News
  • 7/25/2017 3:30:34 PM
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"....often find information that both news organizations omitted "

 

@Tricia    This is the real issue if you ask me.  This omission of information happens far too often.   I would much rather have a complete story on an important topic than it be edited down so the network can work in meaningless segments.

 

Our isssues with News goes far beyond whether it is fake or not.

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