Computers take over Journalism?

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There are just some jobs that computers cannot do. That list of jobs is slowly getting shorter as new technology and programming algorithms change in order to improve on a day to day basis.


The UK Press association is working on populating platforms with articles written by robots, with Google also giving a helping hand. By giving a helping hand I mean a grant worth €706,000 which will go solely to the cause of creating 30,000 computer written articles for use in local papers.

the PA’s edition-in-chief, Peter Clifton said, “Skilled human journalists will still be vital in the process, but Radar allows us to harness artificial intelligence to scale up to a volume of local stories that would be impossible to provide manually. It is a fantastic step forward for PA.”

One could argue that when writing an article a human can provide a more full immersive experience due to character and tone although this is clearly a far-from-finished process. The main focus is the efficiency of computer’s writing articles much faster and more efficiently than humans.

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