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Can Robots Write Meaningful News?


"Journalism may not seem like a repetitive job, but when it comes to writing about finance and sports, it very well can be."

Researchers at Jonkoping University's Media Management and Transformation Center in Sweden are exploring whether robots can enhance journalism.

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Researchers at Jonkoping University's Media Management and Transformation Center in Sweden have launched the Digital Personalization of the News (DPer News) project to explore whether robots can enhance journalism.

Project director Mart Ots says DPer News focuses on the question of "how can algorithms replace humans in repetitive professions? Journalism may not seem like a repetitive job, but when it comes to writing about finance and sports, it very well can be."

The project's goal is to find creative techniques for robotization that can help the news industry produce more interesting news.

"DPer News is about how we can make news stories that are not just cheap and convenient, but more meaningful and personal," notes Jonkoping professor Daved Barry. "It worries me that just because we can get robots to mine and condense data, that's all we'll do."

From Jonkoping University (Sweden)
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