Robot reporter gets its first news article published

At present, robots are unable to conduct face-to-face interviews, cannot respond intuitively with follow-up questions

By: PTI | Beijing | Published:January 19, 2017 2:11 pm
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A robot journalist made its debut in a Chinese daily on Thursday with a 300 characters-long article written in just a second, scientists say. The article, published in the Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily, focused on the Spring Festival travel rush. Its author, Xiao Nan, took only a second to finish writing the piece and is able to write both short stories and longer reports, according to Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University who leads the team studying and developing such robots.

“When compared with the staff reporters, Xiao Nan has a stronger data analysis capacity and is quicker at writing stories,” he said. “But it does not mean intelligent robots will soon be able to completely replace reporters,” Xiaojun was quoted as saying by ‘China Daily’. Such experiments were creating unease among the staff of the state-run media outlets as they might lose their jobs in the long run.

At present, robots are unable to conduct face-to-face interviews, cannot respond intuitively with follow-up questions and do not have the ability to select the news angle from an interview or conversation, Xiaojun said. “But robots will be able to act as a supplement, helping newspapers and related media, as well as editors and reporters,” he said.

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    Simran
    Jan 19, 2017 at 8:50 am
    OMG.one day robots will do everything.
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    Valerian Texeira
    Jan 19, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    What we need today is; a Scientific outlook to deal with this issue of Artificial Intelligent (AI) ,ROBOT automation and the historical perspective to understand the situation. “Think Out Of The Box”. The ideology comes from the book led “An Alternative to Marxian Scientific Socialism: The Theory Reduction in Working Hours; ….” Published in the year 1981. More of its details in the two links lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The gist of the theory is; there must be A Gradual Reduction in Working Hours and finally to abolish the Wage labor completely. However, today, in the changing world situation, I realize that the proposal of Universal Basic Income(AUBI) or any such programs falls more in line with the objectives of my Reduction in Working Hour Theory. In fact, the recommendation of an adequate amount of UBI without having the compulsion of wage-labor, mean Zero Working Day for those who would opt for it, which, represents the final objective of the Reduction in Working Hours Theory (RWHT). Therefore, I better prefer the name Zero Work Theory (ZWT). I will try to explain more about it in my coming articles.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The principle behind the ZWT is that the fruits of the societies science and technological progress should not be appropriated only by a few elite but it is their historical responsibility today, to see to it that the benefit should be equally shared among all members of the society.
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