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Automating local news for 124 school districts on Long Island, New York

An autoscribe system has been going to school on Long Island, New York, helping publisher Newsday learn how it can scale-up local news coverage using data from the area’s education system. Both journalists and technologists have increased their knowhow along…

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Reuters puts a digital twin onscreen, driven by AI system

Reuters is combining results packaging and synthetic media to create an AI-generated sportscaster onscreen. The synthetic figure is produced by a London-based AI company, Synthesia. The AI-driven sportscaster is a digital twin of a real person, Reuters global sports editor…

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Robot attack: Why journalism professor Nicholas Diakopoulos doesn’t fear the automation of newsrooms | DIGIDAY

‘We should not be so afraid of jobs going away as much as jobs changing, new roles and new tasks emerging.’  Writing templates for automated news systems is emerging as a new skillset, says Professor Nicholas Diakopolous. In a brief…

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Machines wrote the BBC’s UK election results articles | TechHQ

‘The organization undertook its biggest test of machine learning-generated journalism to date, publishing nearly 700 individual news reports (649 in English, 40 in Welsh) throughout the night.’ An autoscribe pumped out BBC News election stories tailored to each UK constituency, TechHQ reports….

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GPT-2 text generator released at full strength

AI text generator GPT-2 is now fully available. The complete code and associated data was released by OpenAI, the California AI lab that created the model. The algorithm extrapolates text from a prompt phrase or sentence. You can try out…

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AP to grow Major League Soccer coverage with automated stories | AP

‘The automation technology enables the previews to be produced directly from data without the intervention of editors. AP reporters add details and context to the automatically generated recaps.’     AP will use autoscribing by Data Skrive with data aggregation from…

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Booksby.ai is a bookshop entirely created by artificial intelligence | NEW ATLAS

‘Every aspect of the site is generated by machine learning algorithms, from the entire books and accompanying cover artwork, to the reviews and pictures of people reviewing the books. And on top of that, all the books are actually available…

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The Next Word | THE NEW YORKER

‘…it’s making billions of lightning-fast probability calculations about word patterns’ The NEW YORKER takes a detailed look at predictive text by unpacking Smart Compose, the AI capability recently built into Google mail. But the stride and strength of this piece…

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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, human or otherwise, to grow up and succeed, yet when they do, we find ourselves flummoxed by a world of…

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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 capable of just a few years ago. Until recently, chat bots were very obviously bots, producing incredibly simplistic, confused, incoherent…

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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 and humans, and project several implications of artificial journalism to come, including: Changes from efforts to control the story to…

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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 it got from traditional human copywriters.’ New York AI company Persado won a five-year contract with the banking giant with…

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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 in the future.’ The Chinese Academy of Sciences is publishing AI-generated stories in its daily newspaper, says China’s state-run news…

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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 stories, representing a new level of automated story delivery beyond earnings and sports pieces that typify autoscribe systems. RADAR is…

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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 suite stay,’ an ad for a hotel chain generated by a machine learning system. The computer model can turn out…

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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.‘ TNW gives examples of work generated by a headline-writing AI system. SEE FULL STORY Bad news, journalists: Robots are writing…

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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 engineer has put together a simple website so anyone can give try the GPT-2 ‘writing’ algorithm using its most recently…

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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 you believe anything can and will be automated with artificial intelligence (AI), then you might not be surprised to know…

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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 genius we all assumed me to be; an actual machine can replicate my tone to a T; b) does anyone…

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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 ReporterMate and gives it a byline. A footer note says ‘this story was generated by ReporterMate, an experimental automated news…

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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 writers and editors at Forbes using a machine learning systems. Named after the founding publisher of the business magazine, Bertie…

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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 in just one second.’ RISE OF THE MACHINE: Journalists under threat as AI robot writes article in ONE SECONDEXPRESS |…

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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 strings of coherent text. This article from BBC explores if the skills might someday converge to the point where AI…

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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 Invading the News Business, and It’s Great for Journalists NEW YORK MAGAZINE | July 11, 2014

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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 business news report will eventually be produced using automation technology.’ A leap forward in quarterly earnings storiesASSOCIATED PRESS | June…

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