Opinion | AI butchered a former NBA player’s obit. Could it still have a use?


Former NBA player Brandon Hunter’s death at just 42 should be news on its own. But thanks to a horrid artificial intelligence-generated obituary, that’s what we’re talking about instead.

According to Futurism, “Microsoft’s MSN news portal published a garbled, seemingly AI-generated article that derided Hunter as ‘useless’ in its headline.”

There’s another tick in the “down with AI” box. But, as an obit writer for the Tampa Bay Times, which Poynter owns, I do wonder if there isn’t a real space for this technology in a different kind of obituary — the one that the family writes through the funeral home or for their local newspaper.

Hold on, now. Hear me out.

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