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Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

I rarely agree with Jeff Jarvis, and there's a lot I disagree with in this column, but we are agreed that "The real question at hand is whether artificial intelligence should have the same right that journalists and we all have: the right to read, the right to learn, the right to use information once known." I have spent enough time in journalism to know that the people who write the news depend on other people's content more than anyone. They draw from anywhere and everywhere, delving into news, libraries, public records, press releases, personal correspondence, eye-witness reports, and more. I can't imagine how journalists would function if they could not read and borrow from each other and from the rest of us. For them to say they own it all is beyond credibility. To say that no one else - not nothing else - can exercise the very same rights is unreasonable.

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