Robot-Journalism generates Breaking News

Robot Journalism hatte ich hier schon öfter, bislang waren Algorithmen aber „nur“ bei Sport- oder Wirtschaftsnachrichten am Start. Das hat sich wohl spätestens jetzt mit der Story um das Erdbeben in Los Angeles geändert: Die LA Times war die erste Zeitung, die die Meldung brachte – dank ihres Bots, der Story u.a. aus Daten des Geo-Instituts generiert.

The Los Angeles Times was the first newspaper to publish a story about an earthquake on Monday - thanks to a robot writer.

Journalist and programmer Ken Schwencke created an algorithm that automatically generates a short article when an earthquake occurs. Mr Schwencke told Slate magazine that it took around three minutes for the story to appear online. "Robo-journalism" is increasingly being used in newsrooms worldwide.

The LA Times is a pioneer in the technology which draws on trusted sources - such as the US Geological Survey - and places data into a pre-written template. As well as the earthquake report, it also uses another algorithm to generate stories about crime in the city - with human editors deciding which ones need greater attention.

Robot writes LA Times earthquake breaking news article

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