Skip to comments.Computers write news at Thomson (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)
Posted on 08/22/2006 10:38:56 AM PDT by abb
First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter. Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories.
Thomson Financial, the business information group, has been using computers to generate some stories since March and is so pleased with the results that it plans to expand the practice.
The computers work so fast that an earnings story can be released within 0.3 seconds of the company making results public.
By using previous results in Thomsons database, the computer stories say whether a company has done better or worse than expected.
This is not about cost but about delivering information to our customers at a speed at which they can make an almost immediate trading decision, said Matthew Burkley, senior vice-president of strategy at Thomson Financial.
This means we can free up reporters so they have more time to think.
Mr Burkley said the computer-generated stories had not made any mistakes. But he said they were very standardised. We might try and write a few more adjectives into the program, he said.
Thomson started writing computer programs for different types of stories, at a cost of $150,000-$200,000 (£79,623-£106,190) per project, to try to catch up with rivals such as Reuters and Bloomberg.
Thomson has also hired hundreds of specialist reporters to boost its news operations.
Reuters said it automatically generated some stories, while Bloomberg said it did not.
The desire for speed reflects the growth of automated trading. Many hedge funds want direct feeds that can be plugged into programs and used for trading.
Thomsons automatic stories are being generated mostly in the US market.
It makes sense to have computers generate the stories, since it appears computers already generate the photos...
SimCity (a computer game) has been doing this for years and years, with more variety.
He's just kidding.
They will have to learn how first.
At least computers cannot make up stories from nothing.
"Hmmmm.... Do I want to flip burgers or clean toilets?"
"Today, (Proper noun) announced that the earnings for its (noun) division were (adjective) for the (noun) quarter of the year. A company spokesman said 'This news reflects (adverb) on our ability to leverage our (adjective) product line going forward'"
Cultural capitalism in the works of Burroughs *
H. Agnes Cameron
Department of English, Stanford University
Barbara B. Drucker
Department of English, University of California
1. Burroughs and realism
In the works of Burroughs, a predominant concept is the distinction between creation and destruction. Any number of desublimations concerning cultural capitalism exist. It could be said that Tilton implies that we have to choose between realism and cultural deconstruction.
If one examines cultural capitalism, one is faced with a choice: either accept realism or conclude that consciousness is used to disempower minorities. Sartre promotes the use of neoconstructivist materialism to attack sexism. Thus, the characteristic theme of Parrys analysis of realism is the role of the artist as participant.
The main theme of the works of Burroughs is the paradigm, and eventually the futility, of subdialectic society. Debord suggests the use of the cultural paradigm of context to deconstruct and modify class. But Derrida uses the term realism to denote a self-supporting paradox. ...
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When they get a computer that can manipulate digital photos "automatically", the media talking heads will be able to claim that the image is unaltered by human hands.
They can sit at home thinking about how "fat, lazy and stupid is no way to go through life..."
...Iraq... => QUAQMIRE
.. Economic Grown < 10% => RECESSION
.. Unemplyment < 5% .. => RECESSION
.. republican .. => RIGHT WING FANATICS
...FreeRepublc .. => RIGHT WING FANATICS
.. democrat .. => INTELLIGENT PROGRESSIVE
.. DailyKOS .. => INTELLIGENT PROGRESSIVES
There used to be a flamewar generator. It would string together the necessary "response" (you could even insert the name of your target) and the requested length(a couple sentences, a couple paragraphs...).
The validity of the stories written by a computer can only be upheld if the code behind the program is made public. I mean, why would you trust what the program was writing unless you could look at it and test it yourself to make sure there was either no bias or errors in it (which with could be a huge problem). Thompson financial reports upon which these stories are based are pretty standardized in their format (the reports are fairly dry and mostly fill-in-the-form-with-numeric-values).
The problem is that if you release the program for scrutiny, then anyone can compile and run (or just run in the case of a script) the program on a newly released dataset - including a competitor or a consumer - so the value of creating the program disappears.
Contrast this with say... a news story and analysis by Britt Hume which is irreplacable and pretty unimitable.
Aw, this is nothing new.
Mad Magazine started the trend 50 years ago. They used to have a semi-regular feature where a person could generate a political speech, television commercial, movie script, etc. by taking a general story line and let the reader complete the tale by picking several items from a list.
Considering the consistent left wing bias of the MSM's reporting content, combined with their overuse of trite cliches and jargon, I naturally assumed they were emulating their mentors -- the "Usual Gang of Idiots."
probably less biased than Rooters
Hey, going back in time sounds like fun.... dinosaur hunting?
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