Talking Data Podcast

Jan 18 2017   8:48PM GMT

Tackling the problem of fake news with AI

Ed Burns Ed Burns Profile: Ed Burns

Artificial intelligence
Big Data
fake news

A new project spearheaded by a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University is aiming to use AI to spot examples of fake news. But what at first may sound like a promising and relatively straightforward undertaking may in fact be a monumental lift.

The Fake News Challenge (#FakeNewsChallenge) is offering $2,000 to any programmer who is able to develop an AI algorithm that makes progress toward spotting fake news. But the challenges related to the project get at the very core of what makes true AI so hard.

Take a listen to this podcast to learn more about the Fake News Challenge, how researchers are trying to use AI to address the problem and why this task is so difficult.

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