Robots Writing the News and Creating Content

Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting
and this is Publishing Defined. Today I am going to talk about news writing
robots. There is no doubt that artificial intelligence
will change publishing in many ways. Having content or news articles generated
by automated technology is not only here, it has been happening for more than 5 years. The Guardian, the Associated Press, the Washington
Post, and Bloomberg News among others are using robot reporters, as they are sometimes
called, to generate formatted articles or news stories. According to the New York Times, over 33%
of Bloomberg News content is generated by AI. In the business and finance industry, they
are generating stories about quarterly financial reports and other structured events. They are also being used in the sports arena
to summarize game or match results. AI journalism, as some call it, requires a
sophisticated program that is constantly being adapted, as well as QC or a quality control
system to check articles are acceptable before they get posted. Human reporters will always be essential for
detailed or complex stories. These reporters can be assisted by AI in many
ways, but hopefully in a productive manner, versus a job threatening fashion. Programs or companies like Cyborg, Automated
Insights, or Cloudera (cloud air a) help publishers, newspapers, or reporters produce more content
and spend more time on substantive articles versus more rote type reporting like the weather
or school board meetings. As the New York Times reported, the AP has
gone from producing 300 articles on earnings reports per quarter to over 3,000. An increase of well over 1,000%. AI reporting and content creation will not
simply stay at places like the Wall St Journal. It will inevitably come to scholarly publishing,
so be prepared. Of course, in the fake news era, the worry
is about accuracy and meaningful developments being reported in a simplistic fashion. With machine learning on the tip of everyone’s
lips, those waters will have to be navigated. Stay tuned. Well that’s it. I am a publishing consultant and work with
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