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Computer-Generated Articles To Replace Journalists?

Computer-Generated Articles To Replace Journalists?
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New York Times article looks at the work of Narrative Science, a company that turns data into editorial content.

Emma Hutchings
  • 13 september 2011

The New York Times has an interesting article about the future of traditional journalism and a start-up from Chicago, Illinois called Narrative Science. Their software can transform data like statistics and reports into well-written news stories and articles that seem like they’ve been written by a human.

Starting out as a joint research project at Northwestern University Schools of Engineering and Journalism, Narrative Science was founded last year and has had 20 customers so far. NY Times’ Steve Lohr writes:

The innovative work at Narrative Science raises the broader issue of whether such applications of artificial intelligence will mainly assist human workers or replace them. Technology is already undermining the economics of traditional journalism. Online advertising, while on the rise, has not offset the decline in print advertising. But will “robot journalists” replace flesh-and-blood journalists in newsrooms?

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