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The Media AI Google Robotics United Kingdom

Google Funds A Team Of Robot Journalists (theguardian.com) 43

Darren Sharp brings news about the arrival of robot journalists. The Guardian reports: Robots will help a national news agency to create up to 30,000 local news stories a month, with the help of human journalists and funded by a Google grant. The Press Association has won a €706,000 ($800,779 or £621,000) grant to run a news service with computers writing localised news stories. The national news agency, which supplies copy to news outlets in the U.K. and Ireland, has teamed up with data-driven news start-up Urbs Media for the project, which aims to create "a stream of compelling local stories for hundreds of media outlets"... PA's editor-in-chief, Peter Clifton, said journalists will still be involved in spotting and creating stories and will use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of content. He said: "Skilled human journalists will still be vital in the process, but Radar [the Reporters And Data And Robots project] allows us to harness artificial intelligence to scale up to a volume of local stories that would be impossible to provide manually." Journalists will create "detailed story templates" for articles about crime, health, and employment, for example, then use natural language software to create multiple versions to "scale up the mass localization."
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Google Funds A Team Of Robot Journalists

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  • They already have this, I know because I read Google News.

  • by mega corps. There's no useful muck racking and nothing that anybody in the working class would be interested in. The only thing left is comics from the 70s and sports stats. And I can get those on my phone. Still, I suppose if you automate it then it costs so little to produce you can make some money off ad revenue from folks in their 50s. I'll go back to the BBC, Al Jazeerez and some of the youtube channels out there that report on the last round of leaked documents and the evil things my senator's are
  • by petes_PoV ( 912422 ) on Saturday July 08, 2017 @05:44PM (#54770959)

    journalists will still be involved in spotting and creating stories and will use artificial intelligence to increase the amount of content.

    And then users will employ another AI to filter out the dross and compress these stories back down to just the salient facts.

  • Guess I'll stick with twitter, the bots are only going to rehash social feeds anyway. I refuse to read regurgitated news for the similar reasons I refuse to eat sewage burgers.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The thing is the source of the news is actual real news outlets on line I am guessing and the bots just copy it. Lets face it the only way the bots can know what is news is by copying it. Surly this has to be immoral if not illegal.

    I imagine From google press to the local news source: We just stole your news your readers and you owe us for advertising posted on the news we stole and republished under our own brand.

    When they put the local news outlets (who are paying the reporters) out of business we get new

  • The good news is that in the US any article created entirely by AI will be copyright free. Copyright law is quite explicit that only humans can own a copyright, not a machine or non-human.

  • This is all a #FakeNews method of flooding the internet with anti-Trump stuff. Bet you CNN has a stake in this method!

    • This is all a #FakeNews method of flooding the internet with anti-Trump stuff. Bet you CNN has a stake in this method!

      Because anything that paints Trump in less than a glittery glow is fake news in the eyes of the Trump fan.

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