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The upsides (and downsides) of automated robot journalism

MediaShift

Robots writing stories is an emerging journalism reality. You may already have read material produced by a machine without even realizing it. To adapt science fiction guru William Gibson, “the robo-journalism future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” With the new technology, there is exciting new potential, like speed and efficiency and elimination of human error. But there are also possible pitfalls on the horizon, like training the robot, cultural resistance and the fact that sometimes readers won’t be able to tell whether a robot or a human journalist wrote a story.

+ The tyranny of messaging and notifications: Can we endure even one more communications service? (The Verge); Guardian’s Katharine Viner: ‘Social media companies have become overwhelmingly powerful’ (Digiday)

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