View Full Version : Could Computers Replace Journalists?

09-14-2011, 07:26 AM
Journalists today have more to worry about than just getting that elusive scoop, with the arrival of new software that creates articles without the need for humans.

Narrative Science, an Illinois-based start-up, has developed a computer program that uses artificial intelligence to filter and collect information — for example the statistics from a football match — and turns the data into a news story.

While the copy churned out won't fool readers into thinking it was written by a veteran journalist, audiences may be hard-pressed to recognise the stories’ artificial origin.....Here’s an example of the program’s work. The following sentences about a recent US college football match were created by the software, according to the New York Times.

"Wisconsin appears to be in the driver's seat en route to a win, as it leads 51-10 after the third quarter. Wisconsin added to its lead when Russell Wilson found Jacob Pedersen for an eight-yard touchdown to make the score 44-3..."The authors of the software don't expect the technology to replace journalists but, say it could assist in widening the breadth of coverage when newsroom budgets are stretched, the Times reports.


09-14-2011, 10:15 AM
I was unaware that there were any journalists left to replace.

09-14-2011, 10:18 AM
I was unaware that there were any journalists left to replace.

Being unaware is the story of your life...

09-14-2011, 03:36 PM
they couldn't do much worse

09-14-2011, 11:32 PM
Management has been run by robots for years...