The Robot Reporters
— Human Words VS Automatic Words?
Their names are Berti, Cyborg, Heliograf. Their job is to write articles. Are they journalists? More or less. The only difference is that they are not people, but software. These “robot-journalists” are part of prestigious editorial offices such as the Associated Press, the Bloomberg News and the Washington Post for which they write hundreds of articles.
Everything starts from the templates. The more data available, the more interesting and well-written the article will be, especially when deep learning is activated. But after all, this also happens to us human beings. The real difference is that the robot article never ends with a full stop.
In fact, these are living stories, they change in progress with continuous updates. A robot reporter, Heliograf, had been tested during two macro events to be followed in their evolution as a commentary: the Rio Olympics and the presidential elections.
“Are you afraid that one day artificial journalists may completely replace you?” an actual reporter in flesh and blood was asked. “It won’t happen if we’ll manage to combine excellence on the one hand, and to divide skills on the other. They will give readers more and more correct information and we will give them increasingly true and intense emotions.”