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.