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An AI interpretation of Northern Illinois University’s Altgeld Hall stands under a blue sky, developed by the AI image generator site Adobe Firefly. The Northern Star will be run by AI effective immediately, covering campus and local news via artificial intelligence. (Adobe Firefly Image)

Editorial: AI to cover campus news

By The Northern Star Editorial Board | March 31, 2024

DeKALB – In a bold move that merges tradition with innovation, the Northern Star, NIU's trusted source of news and information, has announced a groundbreaking transition. The editorial team, led by Editor-in-Chief Jane Smith, is replacing themselves...

Genesis Dun, a sophomore art education major, responds to a street interview prompt. What experiences have students had with artificial intelligence? (Northern Star Graphic)

Street Interviews: Artificial Intelligence

By Camilla Dziadosz, Opinion Columnist | February 22, 2024

The potential of artificial intelligence may not be at the level we see in sci-fi movies, but it is reaching a threshold where its applications in our world may be concerning. About 56% of students said they have used AI to complete projects and...

The TikTok logo on a phone screen with other apps around it.

AI presidents invade TikTok

By Anika Haley, Lifestyle Writer | March 30, 2023

“You guys down for some Mario Kart?” says the voice of Donald Trump. “Bet. I’ll be Yoshi,” responds the voice of Joe Biden. Content creators on TikTok have been using artificial intelligence programming to replicate the voices of public...

EU proposes rules for artificial intelligence to limit risks

By KELVIN CHAN | February 19, 2020

LONDON (AP) — The European Union unveiled proposals Wednesday to regulate artificial intelligence that call for strict rules and safeguards on risky applications of the rapidly developing technology.The report is part of the bloc's wider digital strategy...

David J. Gunkel, professor of communication studies and author of “Robot Rights,” holds a book talk and argues if robots should have moral or legal standing Wednesday in the Founders Memorial Library.

Rights of robots need discussion

By Noah Thornburgh | February 11, 2019

Yelling at Siri, kicking a Roomba, throwing a Jibo; what it means for these to be right or wrong was the topic of a book talk with professor of media studies David J. Gunkel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the 71 North space in Founders Memorial Library....