This primer addresses the common questions that many journalists have about generative artificial intelligence (AI) systems. It contains information about generative AI capabilities, six key issue areas where generative AI is having impact, and how generative AI may be used in the future. Although this primer is designed primarily for journalists, we hope it will be useful for a wide range of audiences who want to learn more about generative AI.
For a list of resources for where to find technical experts for stories, please see Finding Experts in AI. For information about AI more generally, please see AI 101.