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How AI is manipulating media: benefits, threats & truth-seeking in AI

Newhouse Impact: Showcasing the research and creative activity of faculty and students at the Newhouse School.

AI is already part of the media landscape, often making it hard to figure out if words, sounds or images are authentic. Artificial Intelligence can manipulate information, but the technology also has benefits to help in communications.

Syracuse University Newhouse School research professor Jason Davis and Professor R-C Concepcion, who teaches multi-media storytelling, discuss how AI can be a helpful tool, as well as how it can be a threat. They're researching how to find out the authenticity and perhaps even the intent of manipulated media.

Davis and Concepcion further suggest we've been consuming AI for years — in computer-generated movie scenes, in air-brushed advertising images, etc. — and what's needed is more education to develop a discerning audience.

Chris Bolt, Ed.D. has proudly been covering the Central New York community and mentoring students for more than 30 years. His career in public media started as a student volunteer, then as a reporter/producer. He has been the news director for WAER since 1995. Dedicated to keeping local news coverage alive, Chris also has a passion for education, having trained, mentored and provided a platform for growth to more than a thousand students. Career highlights include having work appear on NPR, CBS, ABC and other news networks, winning numerous local and state journalism awards.