The title above appears as the headline of a recent New York Times article by Steve Lohr. Lohr reports on a number of media companies using a new software called Narrative Science to analyze data and turn the information into automated articles which, for all intents and purposes, appear to be written by a live human being. Only they’re not.
It really makes you think about the future of journalism as we know it. In fact, the article refers to something called “computer journalism.” A peek into our future? I sincerely hope not.
Here’s an excerpt from an article generated by the program.
“Wisconsin jumped out to an early lead and never looked back in a 51-17 win over UNLV on Thursday at Camp Randall Stadium. The Badgers scored 20 points in the first quarter on a Russell Wilson touchdown pass, a Montee Ball touchdown run and a James White touchdown run. Wisconsin’s offense dominated the Rebels’ defense. The Badgers racked up 499 total yards in the game including 258 yards passing and 251 yards on the ground.” (via Caitlin Shamberg)
Can you tell the difference?