Algorithms seem certain to play a growing role in the production and curation of news, but it remains unclear what exactly this trend will mean for journalism — or for the human journalists who currently produce it.
If a recent interaction between a human journalist and his Chinese robot counterpart is anything to go by, it’ll be a while before a journalist job will be lost to (a robot in) China.
Jia Jia looks like a young woman in her early twenties, blinks and smiles in a fairly human way, moves her lips when she speaks, and has micro-expressions. But she had a hard time responding naturally to many of the questions posed by Kelly, sometimes taking up to 10 seconds to answer.
Research by Oxford University has predicted that journalism is among the jobs least likely to be replaced by a machine in the near future. And yet, as Columbia University prepares to celebrate 100 years of the Pulitzer prize, intelligent robots will publish financial reports, sports commentaries, clickbait and myriad other articles formerly the preserve of trained journalists.
Newsrooms risk being left behind by the next major shift in information architecture: Artificial intelligence
While still in their infancy, automated content writers are no longer unique to the realm of science fiction; they’re real and available to the masses. As marketing becomes increasingly digitised, the war between human and machine is set to rage across the blogosphere. So who will win out?
While there’s no quick and easy way to fix fake news, one technology could help improve the quality of public discourse: artificial Intelligence. Facebook and Google are already using AI to identify content that appears specious, and soon we’ll see media companies, government and non-partisan groups, and other concerned organizations deploy similar tools.
Journalists and editors believe ‘robo-journalists’ do not have a good nose for news and produce one-dimensional stories, according to new research published today.
In spite of its limitations, automated journalism will expand. According to media researchers, this development underlines the need for critical, contextualised journalism.
When it gets to the point that a computer can consistently generate content at a level that passes the Turing Test, the economics of content in every form will change forever. Essentially, computers work for free, all day, without breaks, illness, or vacation time. What company will not want that?
Mark Schaefer asks: “Us there any way to future-proof ourselves from automated writing, or will we soon merely remember our days of human writing with nostalgia?”
How to avoid falling for fakery? One option involves the use of intelligent machines. We live in a media age of algorithms and there is the potential to use Artificial Intelligence as a fundamental complement to the journalistic process – rather than simply as a tool to better direct advertising or to deliver personalised editorial priorities to readers.
As newsrooms struggle with dwindling resources, it’s not hard to imagine a future in which AI plays a larger and larger role in creating journalism. Whether that’s good news for journalists and readers is another story.
AI content creation is, for now, algorithmic. Its capabilities are based on the information we humans provide. This is where I think its limitations lie.
To fully replace manual content creation, AI has to be able to think like a human. It has to be able to feel (to have emotions), it needs to form opinions, and it needs to think critically.
The Associated Press will begin using an automated writing service to cover more than 10,000 minor league baseball games annually, the news cooperative announced Thursday.
The Associated Press has used robots to automate earnings coverage, while USA Today has used video software to create short videos. But media executives are more excited about AI’s potential to go beyond rote reporting. Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives at the Post, shared what the paper has learned so far from robo reporting and what it’s still trying to figure out.
Sites like the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, and NBC are using artificially intelligence systems to cover the 2016 elections in the United States.
The publisher is using AI to play at both ends of the news spectrum — analysis and reaction pieces as well as breaking news. Before this, most of the publisher’s 2,000 monthly articles, created by 14 full-time and 50 freelance writers, were reaction pieces.
The new program also frees up writers’ time to focus on longer-form 1,500-word articles, which carry more ad space around them.