Thursday, September 22, 2011

Computer-Generated Journalism

"Wisconsin appears to be in the driver's seat en route to a win, as it leads 51-10 after the third quarter. Wisconsin added to its lead when Russel Wilson found Jacob Pedersen for an eight-yard touchdown to make the 44-3. The Badgers started the drive at UNLV's 28-yard line thanks to a Jared Abbrederis punt return."

These words were culled from a football-game news brief that was generated well within 60 seconds. Who do you think the author might be? Well, it was authored by none other than a computer.

Thanks to the brilliant minds comprising Narrative Science, artificial intelligence went up another notch. While previous outputs produced by artificial intelligence used "fill in the blanks," which was described as "still and reflectively robot-like," today's programs are now more able to mimic human reasoning and write with a more human-like voice.

With the evolution and progress of this kind of technology, the issue of whether applications of artificial intelligence will merely assist human workers or replace them props up. While these could mean savings for some companies and thus prevent the smaller ones from closing down, the same similarly spells unemployment especially for workers who fill "replaceable" positions. Should this kind of technology further progress in the coming years, ethical and accountability issues might possibly come up and be debated upon.

Interesting times lie ahead. What could possibly be in store for us in the years to come? How will the world evolve in the next generation? I simply cannot imagine.

Entry # 14 by Diana Margaret C. Lauron

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