“The way we use it, it’s supplemental. It saves people a lot of time, and for certain types of stories, it gets the information out there in usually about as good a way as anybody else would.” 

Kevin Schwencke

An algorithm created by LA Times staffer Kevin Schwencke broke the story of a 4.7 earthquake in Los Angeles. The paper calls it QuakeBot.

The Times says they have already used algorithms to identify homicides.


The First News Report on the L.A. Earthquake Was Written by a Robot | SLATE | March 17, 2014 | by Will Oremus