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A team of robotic journalists will write about the Rio Olympics
The idea is to use artificial intelligence technology to quickly produce simple and clear news related to the Rio Olympics standings, medal standings, and other data-centric news points. You can do more interesting and complex work. The Washington Post has formed a strong team of reporters to better cover the upcoming Rio de Janeiro Olympics. In addition to this, The Washington Post will use a special team of 'journalists' to help write news about the Games -- a team of robotic reporters. The Washington Post will use self-developed software to automatically produce hundreds of real-time news stories about the Rio Olympics. Beginning tomorrow morning, the devices will begin to function, distributing news about the Rio Olympics on The Washington Post's website or similar to the paper's Twitter account, without human intervention. Jeremy Gilbert, head of the paper's new digital program at The Washington Post Group, said the idea was to use artificial intelligence technology to quickly produce points, medals, and scores from the Rio Olympics. Other data-centric news stories and other related, straightforward news, so that The Washington Post's human reporters can do more interesting and complex jobs. 'We're not going to replace human reporters with robots,' Gilbert claims. 'We just want to make AI more liberating.' A team of three engineers whose entire job is to develop the Washington Post's artificial intelligence software, 'Heliograf.' Today, more and more product analysts spend a lot of time working on the project, and at the same time, the Washington Post Group has four or five staff in the editorial office to help refine the software. Of course, The Washington Post is not the first organization to use robots to produce news. For example, automated writing service NarrativeScience already uses robots to write news, and the company's technology can analyze large amounts of data and automatically create news stories. For example, the Forbes website has used NarrativeScience's technology to automatically generate earnings outlook and real estate-related reports, but NarrativeScience was initially launched as a pilot project at Northwestern University. In addition, AutomatedInsights, commonly known as 'robot media), which automatically produces a wealth of news and reports on corporate financial performance for The Associated Press, as well as data-driven content for clients such as Yahoo and Comcast. Gilbert was previously a professor of journalism at Northwestern University, where he taught a class that helped create NarrativeScience. However, Gilbert also said the Washington Post has bigger ambitions beyond publishing short, bot-written news. There is no doubt that the Heliograf software can be used to help the media report more news about hot issues, and it can also report some news or contest results in real time, such as the US presidential election in November. Gilbert said that in 2012, the 'Washington Post' news about the US presidential election that year was delayed by as long as 16 hours, and a large number of human reporters were very laborious to report these contents. In addition to this, The Washington Post plans to use the same software to mine interesting news points, such as voting patterns across the country during the U.S. presidential election, to provide human reporters with news points to rely on. At the same time, Gilbert said, The Washington Post also hopes to 'infuse' news content from its artificial intelligence software into the content produced by human reporters, but also to a more ideal level ——Let readers not be able to distinguish which content comes from artificial intelligence software and which content comes from human reporters.