Google is Helping to Create Journalistic Artificial Intelligence in Europe

///Google is Helping to Create Journalistic Artificial Intelligence in Europe

Here is the proof that artificial intelligence can prove useful in many fields. According to some news circulating the network, Google has transferred an amount equivalent to 706 thousand euros ($806,000) to the Press Association to assist the Digital News Initiative, which is responsible for supporting digital journalism.

According to the press release, the Press Association will work with startup Urbs Media to produce about 30,000 local stories in the UK and Ireland with the help of software.

However, it will not be solely responsible for this material, since human journalists will contribute to producing more detailed stories on topics such as crime and health, while the Radar AI tool (developed by the startup) would fill gaps and help locate the article.

As for the amount passed on by Google, it would be useful to create tools capable of obtaining information from public databases in the United Kingdom.

Radar would also have the function of generating graphics for these materials, as well as adding important videos and photos to those contents. However, it is worth mentioning that this software will only be used from 2018.

Human journalists will still be vital to this process, but [Radar] allows to turn to artificial intelligence to increase the volume of local stories that would be impossible to deliver manually.

But does it work?

While some may regard this initiative as visionary, others imagine that in practice it may not work as well. One is Tim Dawson, president of the National Union of Journalists.

“The real problem in the media is too little bona fide reporting. I don’t believe that computer whizzbangery is going to replace that. What I’m worried about in my capacity as president of the NUJ is something that ends up with third-rate stories which look as if they are something exciting, but are computer-generated so [news organizations] can get rid of even more reporters,” Dawson said in an interview with The Guardian.

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By |2017-07-10T14:08:37+00:00July 10th, 2017|Artifical Intelligence, Technology|1 Comment

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  1. Jonney October 10, 2017 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Tragic really, and shows the huge moral, ethical and compassion disconnect between geeks and real people, IE, anyone older than about 45. A lot of the ‘video’ news reports from BBC, SKY, CNN, Washington Post, NY Times etc these days are these awful efforts that without talking human, just HUGE captions that cover up most of the video anyway so you cannot see anything, are accompanied by soulless automated ‘music’ (why music in a ‘news’ report anyway?) and slick edited ‘interviews’ where the public moan about this and that but there is no response from a journalist with a mic. It’s sad that our dystopian future is going to be built by people who probably went into technology with a good heart and ambitions to do good, but in fact, are creating a hell on Earth.

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