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AP Employs Robot Journalists

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Elizabeth M
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Re: Robots writing financial stories
Elizabeth M   7/17/2014 5:47:38 AM
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These are interesting scenarios to ponder, Battar. I am not sure what would happen but I imagine that someone could always go after the publication itself rather than the specific writer (or robot, if you will!), as is often done in these cases. Hopefully there won't be too many issues, though.

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Re: Robots writing financial stories
Battar   7/16/2014 10:35:15 AM
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Elizabeth,

               Journalists occasionally do get into trouble for cut-and-pasting material without either obtaining permission or citing credit.  But when a robot does that, who do you chase? The programmer ? The editor ? The publisher ? What happens when one robot cut-and-pastes another robots' output? 

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/16/2014 10:16:39 AM
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Battar, I don't know if I already responded to this, but I don't know what you mean about copyright lawsuits arising out of this? I don't think robots will entirely cut and paste or word for word steal copy, just as regular journalists don't. But I'm not sure if this is what you're referring to or something else.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Elimination of news bias?
Elizabeth M   7/14/2014 8:12:13 AM
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Indeed, Chuck, if robots can starting adding color and insight to stories like humans can, it represents a level of artificial intelligence that I personally don't want them to have! Of course, as humans are currently the ones controlling the robots (or at least the design and development of them), perhaps they will feel the same way and not create such techonology. This, of course, is the great debate over the future of robotics: if they will ever be as self-aware or intelligent as humans themselves.

Elizabeth M
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Re: Robots writing financial stories
Elizabeth M   7/14/2014 8:07:22 AM
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I can understand that, too, Measurementblues. I think there are a lot of routine stories many journalists would like to pass off to robots and now it seems that can be done. I still think there is a lot of room for original writing and still a need for real journalists, and that will remain. This in a way just shows how valuable real writers can be.

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Re: Robots writing financial stories
Cadman-LT   7/11/2014 1:17:03 AM
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Elizabeth, yeah I bet you like this! That type of work seems REALLY boring!

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Re: Elimination of news bias?
Charles Murray   7/10/2014 6:21:03 PM
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Unfortunately, I wouldn't hold my breath in hopes of eliminating bias, GTOlover. Bias occurs when reporters try to add insight, which a robot is unlikely to try to do. (It also happens because the lines between news and commentary have been so blurred by Internet reporting.) When the day comes that robots are smart enough to add insight to a story, we're all in trouble, and not just the journalists.  

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Battar   7/10/2014 9:54:24 AM
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The copyright lawsuits that will arise out of this should be interesting. Perhaps someone could program robot lawyers to handle the cases - shoud be easier, because they won't have to parse the resulting text to see if it is comprehendable.

I don't see robots taking over your job anytime soon, though they could be programmed to unless they simply crawl the web looking for press releases and then tack on a cliches about paradigm shifts, consumer preferences, and future technologies.

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Elimination of news bias?
GTOlover   7/10/2014 9:10:55 AM
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Can I assume that robots will eliminate bias reporting evident in all articles? Probably not as Elizabeth reported that the automation fills in a template report that could already be formed as either positive or negative.

Do not get me wrong here, bias is a way of life and all of us have it. I was just wondering if automation will make the news reporting dull and factoid with little entertainment value. But I have never been a fan of reading the financial reports. I would think sports reporting would be another area that automation could probably be used in.

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Re: Robots writing financial stories
Measurementblues   7/10/2014 9:03:08 AM
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That robots are now capable of this task is welcome news for me, even if I no longer have to do this loathsome chore.

Amen to that. Covering products is almost the same. I would love to have a robot write up products for me. That's always been the boring part of the job.

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