18 July, 2017
Another Example Of How Artificial Intelligence Will Transform News And Journalism
The local news industry in the UK and globally has been in a state of decline for the past decade. Dwindling audiences, as their readers have switched to the internet and social media for their news, means advertisers now choose to spend their money elsewhere. This causes problems beyond local news journalists increasingly finding themselves out of work. Who will provide the service of holding local authorities to account while shining a spotlight on issues of local importance?
Well, it turns out, robots might. Leading UK news agency Press Association (PA) is betting that artificial intelligence can fill the gap left by redundant reporters and shuttered local newspaper offices. A new initiative sees them partnered with news automation specialists Urbs Media – and endorsed by a 706,000 Euro Google grant – to create 30,000 localized news reports every month.