• First Robot-Written Stories Make it into Print in ‘World-First’ for Journalism

    December 16, 2017
    • First Robot-Written Stories Make it into Print in ‘World-First’ for Journalism

    The first robot-generated stories produced by Press Association have appeared in print in what is claimed to be a world-first for journalism.

    RADAR – the automated news service set up by PA (the Press Association) and Urbs Media – has begun trialling computer-generateddata-driven content. The project is funded by a €700,000 grant from Google’s Digital News Initiative.

    The plan is for the project to create 30,000 localised stories a month from data using Natural Language Generation software to write them automatically.

    Press Association said: “RADAR has at its heart a team of reporters finding interesting stories in open data sets, then writing these stories and crafting NLG templates to localise them for hundreds of markets. The project builds out from this core to develop advanced database and distribution tools.”

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