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Generative AI has been touted to transform the way we work, think and live. A tool that will impact everything and everyone, and potentially outthink and outdo human capacities. However, this very power also raises questions about the adverse impact of AI, if it is not regulated and guard rails built, so that it works for the larger human good.

In the final part of a three-part series, The India Forum argues that the world has been behind the curve in moving to mitigate the ugly fallouts of Generative AI. For instance, its potential to replace jobs, giving rise to anxieties that it could pave the way for a situation where “job destruction will exceed job creation” leading to social disaffection and unrest. It urges a policy that enables AI to work for the larger cause of humanity without becoming a “barrier to innovation.”

In a significant development for news media around the globe, MediaNama notes that Google may be on the cusp of beginning to pay news publishers for using their content on its platforms in Canada, though the final details are yet unclear.

If this goes through, and Google is persuaded to pay for content, it has the potential to have enormous implications for news media everywhere, including in India. It creates a template for content creators to be paid by Big Tech for their journalism. It will begin to address the lament that Big Tech short-changes the content creators by using their content without even a cursory by-your-leave.

The judicial system in India is beset with challenges. Colossal pendency, the diversity in the composition of judges and improving access to the courts for ordinary citizens, are all issues that the Courts are grappling with.

Justice S K Kaul, of the Supreme Court of India, talks to Supreme Court Observer on these challenges and how technology, mediation, and the reform of legal education are imperative in bringing the Courts nearer the citizens.

And, the story of homelessness in the national capital, right under the noses of the elite and the powerful, is a tale hidden in plain sight. Unnoticed, unheard and unwashed, they live on the streets of Delhi with pain and anguish beyond words. The homeless in Delhi are deprived of a livelihood, shooed away from the Mohalla clinics and afraid to go to the night shelters, the ‘rain basera’, for fear of violence, as the shelters have become a haven for crime and criminals. The Probe investigates and documents the plight and travails of Delhi’s homeless.

For more such stories from the grantees this week, please read on.


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Demystifying Artificial Intelligence-III

Generative AI, if not regulated and calibrated to serve the larger human cause, has the potential to upturn the prevailing economic, social and political order, argues The India Forum.

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Google Agrees To Pay News Publishers In Canada

In a significant development, Google is seemingly on the verge of agreeing to pay news media publishers for their content in Canada. MediaNama says that this creates a template for facilitating payment to content creators globally, including in India.

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Everyone has a political view, but a Judge learns to shed it in Court, says Justice S.K. Kaul

Justice S K Kaul of the Supreme Court of India talks to Supreme Court Observer about the challenges that the Courts face in making the system faster, more accessible and inclusive.

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Homelessness in Delhi | Uncovering the Heart-Wrenching Reality

The Probe reports on the heart-wrenching stories of those living on the streets of Delhi without a home. A stark and worsening reality of homelessness in the city.

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Declining fertility rates are usually associated with economic progress. The total fertility rate (TFR) of J&K dropped to 1.4 in 2021, when data is last available for the erstwhile state as a whole, equivalent to Japan’s. However, Article 14 examines how conflict and unemployment have made the falling rate actually a cause for concern.
Customary laws and livelihood questions of Jamatias
Main Bhi Bharat reports from Tripura on the indigenous Jamatia community who live under their own customary laws and culture, but are hampered by the lack of infrastructure, even as they struggle to balance tradition and the need for modernity.
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Six years since the devastating Cyclone Okhi that hit Kerala’s southern coast, Keraleeyam Masika examines the efficacy of the government in institutionalising systems for disaster relief and management.
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मैं मीडिया reports from Kishanganj in Bihar, where students were being provided food infested with worms and unfit for human consumption under the mid-day meal scheme by a local NGO. The reporting persuaded the government to order an inquiry.

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