Are you surprised, Jon Ham?

One suspects that Carolina Journal‘s residentMedia Manglemonitor is unlikely to dispute an academic’s prediction that most news stories will be written by robots in less than 20 years.

Professor of Computer Science Dr. Kristian Hammond predicts that by 2030, 90 per cent of all news stories will be written not by human reporters but by computer algorithms.

Hammond, co-founded of Narrative Science, helped develop a program with reporter and programmer Ken Schwencke that relies on a fusion of statistics and journalistic clichés to write simple news stories.

This is how the L.A. Times was able to publish an article about last week’s earthquake just 3 minutes after it happened, because the whole story was artificially generated by Schwencke’s computer algorithm.

While the L.A. Times is open about its use of the program, many other mainstream news websites are using “robo-reporters” completely anonymously without a disclaimer.

According to Singularity Hub’s Jason Dorrier, Professor Hammond, “thinks some 90% of the news could be written by computers by 2030.” And don’t think this will just be restricted to sports results or earthquakes. Hammond also believes that “a computer could write stories worthy of a Pulitzer Prize by 2017.”

This speaks to the increasingly redundant role of mainstream news reporters. Journalists working for the corporate press have abandoned their role as adversarial checks against the state to such a degree that they are now being replaced by computers.

Mainstream reporters have become so adept at merely regurgitating official narratives and echoing government talking points unchallenged that they are now being replaced by robots – and nobody is even noticing.

One comment

  1. That may be why a CNN online graphic about the arrest of the Charlotte Mayor for bribery showed long time mayor and current governor Pat McCrorey instead of current mayor Pat Cannon. The algorithm searched the web and found the wrong Mayor Pat.

    Comment by Skyler the Weird on March 27, 2014 at 9:18 am

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