Monday, May 3, 2010

A robot did not write this

Posted By on Mon, May 3, 2010 at 11:00 AM

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The journalism world has taken some pretty heavy hits over the last few years, but the fact that computers can now spit out full sports stories and make real, live, cigar-smoking sportswriters irrelevant is truly troubling.

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, software programmers at Narrative Science in Evanston, Ill., developed a way for computers to write full sports stories based solely on stats from the game. It's already being used by the Big Ten Network and Fox Cable.

"It's considerably less expensive for us to go this route than for us to try to have our own beat reporters at each one of these games," says Michael Calderon, Big Ten's director of new media. "In fact, it would be logistically impossible for us to do that."

Yikes. Let's hope Fritz Neighbor is never replaced by Johnny Five.

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