This page is an ethics statement about the use of artificial intelligence and related technologies (large language models, machine learning, automatic content generation) in the course of producing our projects and publications at Civic Spark Media.
As of May 2023, we do not use these tools and technologies for the composition, generation, editing or any other aspect of our work, except for the cases listed below:
- We use OpenAI’s text-davinci-003 model to extract and identify key bits of data from obituaries in order to produce the “death notices” column in the Western Wayne News. The results are reviewed and edited by human reporters before inclusion in our publication.
- We use OpenAI’s text-davinci-003 model to extract information about marriage licenses and divorces filed from PDF files made available by county officials. The results are reviewed and edited by human reporters before inclusion in our publication.
In general, we will not use these tools or technologies without fully disclosing their use and any potential errors or omissions alongside any content that is affected by their use. We will update this statement with any changes to our use of these technologies if and when that use changes. We remain committed to producing high quality, accurate information and content that relies primarily on the context, connections, expertise and writing skills of human beings.