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An ethical checklist for robot journalism

by Tom Kent Feb 24, 2015 Updated October 2019   It’s routine now for news organizations to use artificial intelligence…

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The Next Word | THE NEW YORKER

‘…it’s making billions of lightning-fast probability calculations about word patterns from a year’s worth of e-mails sent from Gmail.com.’ The…

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Jacob Berkowitz: Hey Siri, write me a book: Turing’s Imitation Game is AI’s highest form of flattery – and it’s writing its own story | THE GLOBE AND MAIL

‘As young parents, we’re caught off-guard when suddenly we’re arguing with an articulate, obdurate child. We desperately want our children,…

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The Economist’s essay contest featured an AI submission. Here’s what the judges thought. | VOX

‘…the AI did not emerge victorious — but even this mediocre performance is a stunning change from what AI was…

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Automation, bots and algorithms in newsmaking. Impact and quality of artificial journalism | Miguel Túñez-López et al

The authors provide a thorough account of the progression ‘from artisan journalism to artificial journalism.‘ They compare writing by algorithms…

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JPMorgan Chase picks AI over humans to write ads | SF GATE

‘…the largest U.S. bank says Persado’s “artificial intelligence message machine” wrote ads that generated two to five times the response…

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Chinese newspaper has robot writer of science news | XINHUA

‘According to investors, more international journals, as well as conference and patent information, will be covered by the automated systems…

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Robo-reporter writes front-page news | FINANCIAL TIMES

Calling it ‘the UK’s most prolific reporter’, the FINANCIAL TIMES describes how AI-powered RADAR delivers human interest and local headline…

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Teaching machines to write better adverts than humans | BBC

Algorithms are becoming better than humans at writing ad slogans. This BBC NEWS report gives an example of ‘have a…

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Bad news, journalists: Robots are writing really good headlines now | TNW

‘Primer, an AI company, recently built a tool capable of writing headlines that look like those a human would produce.‘…

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A poetry-writing AI has just been unveiled. It’s … pretty good. | VOX

VOX tests the latest version of GPT-2, the controversial text-generating algorithm, and now you can too. A Toronto machine language…

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Artificial Intelligence Can Now Write Amazing Content — What Does That Mean For Humans? | FORBES

FORBES surveys ways AI tools are being used in newsrooms. The piece embeds several links to examples or explainers. ‘If…

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Hannah Jane Parkinson: AI can write just like me. Brace for the robot apocalypse | THE GUARDIAN

‘Seeing GPT2 “write” one of “my” articles was a stomach-dropping moment: a) it turns out I am not the unique…

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A new autoscribe and a new byline

THE GUARDIAN AUSTRALIA has published its first news story prepared by an automated system. The paper calls the AI-enabled tool…

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Forbes is building more AI tools for its reporters | DIGIDAY UK

‘Forbes is investing in tools to make its newsroom more bionic.’ A new CMS called Bertie is making suggestions for…

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RISE OF THE MACHINE: Journalists under threat as AI robot writes article in ONE SECOND | EXPRESS

‘Another industry is at risk of being replaced by robot workers after an artificially intelligent robot wrote an entire article…

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Could a robot write a novel? | BBC

AI tools are helping writers in more ways, for example correcting or suggesting words, and by themselves are generating longer…

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Robots Are Invading the News Business, and It’s Great for Journalists NEW YORK MAGAZINE | July 2014

‘The stories that today’s robots can write are, frankly, the kinds of stories that humans hate writing anyway.’ Robots Are…

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A leap forward in quarterly earnings stories | ASSOCIATED PRESS

‘The Associated Press announced in an advisory to customers today that the majority of U.S. corporate earnings stories for our…

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