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Why reporters can’t be replaced by robots and algorithms

This blog post was not written by a robot. Nor is it the result of a fancy algorithm.

But it could have been,  Narrative Science would probably argue. The 30-person, Chicago-based company has created an algorithm that is generating text.

From the company website:

Narrative Science helps companies leverage their data by creating easy to use, consistent narrative reporting – automatically through our proprietary artificial intelligence technology platform.

We also help publishers who are faced with the constant challenge of keeping up with the speed, scale and cost demands of content creation. We offer an innovative and cost-effective solution that allows publishers to cover topics that can’t otherwise be covered due to operational or cost constraints.

It “trains computers to write news stories Steven Levy described in his Wired piece:

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