Disruptive AI and Blabbing Chatbots: Are You Ready to Fight or Adapt?

January 10, 2024, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm ET

Book Publishing, Content Marketing, Journalism

The explosion of Artificial Intelligence (AI) today is disrupting media worldwide. Find out how AI could disrupt your writing and editing career — and what you can do about it (or how you can adapt to coming changes).

ASJA is hosting its first webinar on Artificial Intelligence and its impact on journalists, content providers and authors. Our panel of experts will discuss what AI is, how it works and whether writers and researchers can use the tools effectively to brainstorm, research and outline new ideas.

Visit the ASJA Member Portal for access to the online recording.

ASJA AI webinar






Harry Guinness

Harry Guinness, an Irish freelance technology writer and photographer whose work has been published in The New York Times, Zapier, Popular Science, Outside, Lifehacker and dozens of other publications. He writes about technology, culture, science and Artificial Intelligence in its many forms, and the ways they collide.  Guinness is among the best explainers of how AI works.

Jeanne Dietsch

Jeanne Dietsch, entrepreneur and influencer in disruptive tech and social change. A long-time observer of AI and its implications for society, Jeanne founded and built MobileRobots into the leading provider of intelligent robots to universities and research facilities worldwide. She was a columnist for IEEE Robotics & Automation magazine and has served as a New Hampshire state senator. She now writes about Granite State politics, impacts of technology and our tenuous democracy for her nonprofit, Granite State Matters.

Jon Christian

Jon Christian, investigative reporter and executive editor of Futurism, a webzine examining futuristic science and technologies that has broken major stories about the misuse of AI by media outlets. Jon is interested in the power and politics of emerging tech, the space and biotech industries, public health and the environment.

Linda Whitaker

Linda M Whitaker, an award-winning author of international thrillers laced with science and technology, is also a lleading innovator in data science, operations research and artificial intelligence. In 2004, She co-founded Quantum Retail (serving as Chief Science Officer), a software company using complex systems and AI to further retail operations. She has worked as VP Science Delivery, for Cognira, the leading artificial intelligence solutions provider for retailers and wholesalers. 

Arielle Emmett

Arielle Emmett, Ph.D., is a writer, visual journalist and traveling scholar specializing in East Asia, science writing, and human interest. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholar grant to study and teach in Kenya (2018-2019) and a 2015 Fulbright Specialist grant to teach visual media, journalism history and online journalism curriculum for the Universitas Padjadjaran, West Java, Indonesia. She has been a contributing editor to Smithsonian Air & Space magazine covering the Chinese presence in aerospace, women in flight, and “green” aviation technologies.


Of particular focus will be discussions of OpenAI’s Chat GPT-4 and succeeding versions.  Panelists will also describe the different types of AI and how writers and researchers can use the tools effectively to research, outline and brainstorm new ideas.

Our panelists will probe how the powers of generative AI will alter the practice of journalism and content provision; how advanced AI can be used ethically to conduct scientific, political and journalistic research and why writers, artists, content providers, educators and economists are concerned — even alarmed — about copyright breaches, “learned bias” in AI programming and the potential for job displacement.

Among the topics we’ll cover:

  • What is AI and how does it work?
  • AI fundamentals: terms and definitions
  • Machine learning vs. Artificial Intelligence
  • AGI vs. narrow AI and ‘Generative AI.’
  • Benefits and risks to journalists and content providers using Chat GPT-4 and other tools for writing and research
  • Bias in AI training
  • Current status of copyright infringement suits and Biden Executive Orders on AI Development
  • Recognizing AI plagiarism
  • How to stop using AI when it goes too far.

Link to folder of presentation materials