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AI-written news summaries produced by Springer and OpenAI

A service with GenAI produced news summaries has been announced by ChatGPT-maker OpenAI and publisher Springer. The AI tool will produce news summaries based on content from Springer’s media brands including Politico. The announcement comes shortly after Springer announced it is terminating its cooperation with Samsung to produce news service Upday for smartphones. A Springer spokesperson said jobs will be eliminated during a transition period.

Axel Springer and OpenAI says their partnership will “strengthen independent journalism in the age of artificial intelligence (AI)”. 

“The initiative will enrich users’ experience with ChatGPT by adding recent and authoritative content on a wide variety of topics, and explicitly values the publisher’s role in contributing to OpenAI’s products. This marks a significant step in both companies’ commitment to leverage AI for enhancing content experiences and creating new financial opportunities that support a sustainable future for journalism.”  

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“ChatGPT users around the world will receive summaries of selected global news content from Axel Springer’s media brands including Politico, Business Insider and European Bild and Welt. “ChatGPT’s answers to user queries will include attribution and links to the full articles for transparency and further information”, the companies say in a press release.  

The collaboration also involves the use of content from Axel Springer media brands for training of OpenAI’s large language models.

“We want to explore the opportunities of AI empowered journalism – to bring quality, societal relevance and the business model of journalism to the next level”, says Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Axel Springer, in a statement.

“We are deeply committed to working with publishers and creators around the world and ensuring they benefit from advanced AI technology and new revenue models,” says Brad Lightcap, COO of OpenAI.

Axel Springer says it will utilize the Upday brand for “a new trend news generator exclusively driven by artificial intelligence. With this initiative, the media company is exploring the opportunities that this technology presents for journalism and the news industry.” 

The new service is scheduled to launch in the summer and be called Upday.

Axel Springer has terminated its cooperation with Samsung at the end of the year. The service will continue to be available to users on existing Samsung devices for a transition period of more than one year, Springer says.

“Starting next year, Axel Springer will use the Upday brand, initially on a smaller scale, for a new AI-driven platform”. said Thomas Hirsch, CEO of Upday.

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