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Google is funding AI writers for local UK news reporting

Google is funding AI writers for local UK news reporting
From Engadget - July 7, 2017

The news agency just won a 706,000 ($622,000) grant from Google to run an automated news service with the help of a start-up called Urbs Media, according to The Guardian. The project -- dubbed Radar for "Reporters And Data And Robots" -- will see computers create 30,000 news stories for hundreds of local papers.

AI has been used in newsrooms in the past, but it is not without its faults. Tests have shown that despite being faster than humans, computers can come up short in terms of writing style and readability. And, in most cases, some level of human oversight is required. Radar is no different. The project will depend on human writers to choose the stories (on topics such as crime, health, and employment) that the AI will then write. The computers will also auto-generate graphics, video, and pictures to match the articles.

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