Journalists: The bots are taking yer jobs!
You may have already enjoyed some of their algorithmic goodness.
Welcome to the early 21st century, where the question isn’t WHETHER a machine will be doing your job, but how long will it take until a machine CAN do your job and people not notice you’re gone.
You can now add “content creator” to the list of jobs slowly being absorbed by the beast that is ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
What does this mean to the average writer? Time to shit your pants, that’s what. If you are just an average writer, able to crank out simple stories with simple structures, then your days are just about up.
People can and are paying Google to use their computing might to “create content” for people who have audiences that aren’t too discriminating and don’t want to be bother with the pesky factors of dealing with authors, deadlines, and copy-editing.
Google blows $800k on bots to flood the UK with 30,000 'articles' a month
Google has today awarded €706,000 ($800,000) to the UK's Press Association to develop robot reporters that can crank…
No, you’re not going to be able to outperform them via volume. You are going to have to be better writers. You are going to have to have real knowledge, something an AI can’t find on the internet.
You will have to exude passion. Zeal. Enthusiasm. The only thing between us and them.
Until next year…
How good are these articles? I have read a few dozen of them, and depending on the nature of the content, they are from execrable to passingly decent.
No brilliant turns of phrase, no Shakespearean prose, but because media has insisted on dull, drab, sixth grade reading level, measured paragraphs with 25% of the sentences being less than 20 words, the dullness of such work CAN be replicated by machines.
Instant shit. Just add computers. See ya, journalists, you’ve been replaced. I only wish this was “fake news…”
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