Can robots replace reporters?
Imagine a world where robots have replaced live journalists—science fiction, right? Think again: a group of sports journalists in the U.S. recently found that sometimes the machine beats man.
The “robot journalist” in question is a software program developed by Narrative Science that processes data fed into it and spits out a news story.
Recently, a group of sports writers decided to test out the program after running across a particularly bad story written by a real journalist. The result? The computer program wrote a better story.
As an editor, would you be willing to use “robot journalists” for your newspaper—for example, when churning out press releases?
As a journalist, do you think you’re in any danger of being replaced by a robot? Why or why not?
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