Computerized Journalists Make Mistakes Too

from the who-needs-humans? dept

There have been plenty of stories recently about computerized reporting efforts (and, perhaps, computerized stock trading based on those reports). However, before media organizations embrace such things, they might want to have someone teach computerized reporters a sense of humor. We already know that humans don’t always do a great job understanding sarcasm or jokes in the written word, but just imagine the problems computers have. Apparently, over in Russia, a pun in a news headline (written by a human) confused an automated reporting system into claiming someone had died. Apparently, there are still a few bugs to work out in these computerized reporters, so perhaps journalists shouldn’t worry about their jobs just yet…

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