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Bow to your robot overlords

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by kimronspringle, Sep 30, 2011.

  1. A movie about robot fighters, and now this gem http://adage.com/article/mediaworks/robots-steal-reporters-jobs/230150/

    I don't know if any of you have checked out friscofan.com. The computer generated 'gamers' are sparse and short, but a definite improvement over the 'briefs' that highsports.net includes. How much longer until newspaper websites have blank templates you fill in with stats and a machine cranks out the briefs.

    I was contacted by a service that offered to do this a few years ago, but I think they were ahead of the times because the rudimentary technology available at that time made the briefs comically bad.
  2. TheSportsPredictor

    TheSportsPredictor Well-Known Member

    Already been done:

  3. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    You note it, and I guess the technology advances make this something new, but this was being done at some level when I was at my LAST job, and that was 14+ years ago.
  4. McNuggetsMan

    McNuggetsMan Active Member

    Reading the Frisco Fan site, it's pretty much garbage when you expect more than just the basics. For example, the last story of the year makes not mention of the season being over for the Giants.

    However, if you figure out a way to do this for prep briefs, it's quality wouldn't be too much worse. Three parapraphs with a hero lead could easily be cranked out quickly by a computer. You just feed in the box score information. If you can find a way to automate the box score collection, this would save a ton of time. It's not advanced enough to replace a real gamer, but if I were a prep call-in clerk, I'd be very afraid.
  5. MightyMouse

    MightyMouse Member

    I think this is how Skynet got started.
  6. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    And Skynet got pissed off from all the complaints from the JV parents, so they decided to take over the world.
  7. KYSportsWriter

    KYSportsWriter Well-Known Member

    All the little Jimmies and Jennies played just as hard as the varsity, dammit.
  8. Bamadog

    Bamadog Well-Known Member

    They work just as hard, damnit! If machines take over all of the work, who's going to have disposable income to buy anything spit out by a machine?
  9. SpockPuppet

    SpockPuppet New Member

    Computers make excellent and efficient servants, but I have no wish to serve under them.
  10. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    You get complete and utter respect from me for referencing a 43-year-old episode of Star Trek.

  11. SF_Express

    SF_Express Active Member

    Geez, I just took another look at your screen name. No wonder. :)
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