Author: Nadira Jamerson  Published: 11/17/2023    Word In Black

Happy Friday, Word In Black Fam,

From educators to actors and journalists, the emergence of artificial intelligence is at the forefront of many Americans’ minds.

As CEO of Houston Defender Network, Sonny Messiah Jiles knows firsthand that AI presents both opportunities for growth and challenges, especially for the Black community. It’s no secret that AI could replace the human worker, cause inaccuracies or misinformation, and perpetuate racial bias and prejudice. But Jiles believes AI can also make life easier for us, including for Black publishers. In an op-ed for Word In Black, she breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly of AI from a Black perspective.

“Black legacy media should explore the opportunities and challenges of AI and look closer at the benefits of full participation in this next evolution of digital media,” she writes. And she implores Black publishers not to wait to learn about AI so they can be sure to use it correctly and effectively.

Jiles writes, “It is our responsibility as a society to maintain the balance between AI and humanity and work for accuracy, access, and equity for Black America.” Click here to read more.

Even if you’re not a news publisher, it’s definitely worth considering how you can teach yourself and your community about safe ways to use this evolving technology.

Have a great weekend!

Nadira Jamerson
Digital editor

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