Wednesday, August 23, 2006

CGN: Computer-Generated News

I wasn't imagining things after all. Max Headroom has a prototype in Business Journalism:

First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter. Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.

Thomson Financial, the business information group, has been using computers to generate some stories since March and is so pleased with the results that it plans to expand the practice.

The computers work so fast that an earnings story can be released within 0.3 seconds of the company making results public.
-Financial Times

I made a go at automated religion reporting with my Papal Critique-O-Matic. Maybe with just a few revisions, I can put Terry Mattingly out of business!

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