“We must not leave an empty chair with artificial intelligence”

The director of the daily, Jérôme Fenoglio, explains the reasons for this partnership with the creator of ChatGPT, criticized by several competitors.



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Jérôme Fenoglio on May 29, 2024. (FRANCEINFO / RADIOFRANCE)

We must not leave the AI ​​with an empty chair which would mean that it would only rely on unreliable sites to power its search engines.” explains, Wednesday May 29, Jérôme Fenoglio, the director of the newspaper The worldwhose circulation reached 610 000 digital and paper subscribers. The world is the first French media to have concluded an agreement with an artificial intelligence company, with OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.

Faced with the fears raised by artificial intelligence in the world of information, we must defend quality information and therefore participate in this development by defending our rights, that is to say by signing contracts which recognize that what we do has value and that we must be paid quite substantial way“, he pleads.

ChatGPT on part of its activity, for recent news, can use all the articles from Le Monde to develop short answers which refer to the articles from Le Monde, which cite us, this is very important. We asserted a right to the source, so that it does not plunder us“, explains Jérôme Fenoglio. Bound by a confidential agreement, Jérôme Fenoglio does not reveal the amount of this contract, “it’s very substantial, it really allows us today to increase our development“, he explains. daily now has 540 journalists in its ranks, compared to “300 in 2010“, he specifies, affirming that “It’s a good deal.”

Jérôme Fenoglio explains that his editorial team does not “not using ChatGPT at the moment“.”This is not an exclusive agreement, we can contract with many other companies that do artificial intelligence“, he continues. Nevertheless, everyday life makes good use of artificial intelligence tools, “This allowed us to develop a site in English. We would not have been able to translate 50 articles into English every day if we did not have the help of so-called generative artificial intelligence software which translates these texts into English and which allows us to increase our visibility. This is one example among others and it is not ChatGPT“.

We are expected at world events“, underlines Jérôme Fenoglio, defending himself from wanting to broaden his electorate to younger people on the occasion of the Olympic Games. “It’s a global event, societal, urban, an extremely important event for the visibility of what France is today, of our culture“. He ensures that all the editorial staff of the World and the group The world, Telerama, International mail, are obviously mobilized. “We have more than 100 journalists who not only follow sports, but everything around sports. The Olympics are not just sport” he concludes.

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