China publishes first report written by ‘robot journalist’
BEIJING: A first business report written by a robot has been published in China this week, stoking fears among local journalists that it could make forays into the country’s state-controlled media, threatening their jobs.
The article, was written in Chinese and completed in just one minute by Dreamwriter, a robot journalist designed by Chinese social and gaming giant Tencent that apparently has few problems covering basic financial news. Tencent released its flawless 916-word article via the company’s instant messaging service.
“The piece is very readable. I can’t even tell it wasn’t written by a person,” Li Wei, a reporter was quoted as saying by South China Morning Post.
The subject of the article was China’s August consumer price index. The article even quoted analysts on the economic prospects of China, which is experiencing a slowdown after decades of high growth.
“I have heard about robot reporters for a long time, but thought they only operated in the United States and Europe,” Li said, adding that “I’m not ready to compete with them yet.”
Bring these Robots to India…. We are tiered of our Anti National Main Stream Media…. Indian Journalists (not all) but like THIS GROUP have sold their pen. ( Now go on delete this comment too LOL)
Generating news stories in plain language following a certain template is not difficult for computers,” said Wu Dekai, a former associate professor at Hong Kong University. “There is no reason why we can’t do it in Chinese as well,” Wu added.
Shi Hong Li
What if the robot writes something that offends the Chinese Com**ist party? Will they shoot it and then melt it down?
Khat likh de saawariya ke naam baabu… kore kaagaj pe likh de salaam babu…wo jaan jayenge…. bring it to India…our illiterate politicians can also write now…!! They are now leading India by example ..we see Parliament Live..hwheheheehehoooohoo
But the human touch to the reporting would be completely lost