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BY JUSTIN HINTON, WLOS

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (CIRCA via WLOS) — Esquire Singapore is the latest entity to use artificial intelligence in creating articles with its April edition, set to come out in a few weeks, says Gary Jackson of Qualex Consulting Services.

Jackson, based in Western North Carolina, is one of three men and the only American, who created the AI program, called Squire, that will create 100 pages for the magazine.

He says another 100 pages will be created by humans.

“It basically is fed the content and then it begins to write and you basically ask how many words do you want to be written by the topic and then it tries to put it together,” said Jackson.

He said it won’t replace humans as there are several things people must do in order for Squire to work.

He says they can also include the parameters for how much originality and how much of the source material should be referenced to protect against plagiarism and IP infringement.

“We're chronicling this baby trying to crawl and when you read the articles, yeah, it's not an MIT or Emerson, university graduate. It's a 7th grader who got lucky. That's really what it is,” said Jackson.

He also says in the era of fake news, there are a number of things they have to consider.

“It basically takes all the facts and aggregates it to say, this has hit 3 times, so I'm going to assume this is the truth, which can also be dangerous,” said Jackson.

That’s also one of the reasons why humans are so important to the process, he said, and won’t be replaced.

“A lot of people are afraid of AI, thinking it's going to take over the world? Did R2-D2 ever become a Jedi Knight? CP30 try to take over the Falcon? No,” said Jackson.

Jackson says one of the biggest surprises in a Squire article about humans wearing clothes was the amount of personality it had.

“It’s actually pretty funny. It’s weird. I didn’t think it would have perspective, but it is kind of snarky,” said Jackson.

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