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Data-driven stories written by computers with increasing frequency

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by novelist_wannabe, Jul 12, 2012.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Apologies if I missed this somewhere else.

    Good lord does this feel like skynet taking over ...

    http://ca.news.yahoo.com/reporter-call-him-al-algorithm-190751150.html
     
  2. SFIND

    SFIND Active Member

    It's scary on the surface, but it's not like a computer can find spot news (yet). It may be able to write a gamer based on a box score, but can it write that the starting quarterback almost didn't play due to recovering from flu?
     
  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    The JV robots computerize just as hard.
     
  4. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    The story mentioned that; it wouldn't be able to note how the game was affected by an injury, etc.

    I know this was at least partly in jest, but it also brings up a salient point. I don't know how they'd program it to field phone calls from angry swim moms. It's kind of the journalism equivalent of stop-light cameras.
     
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