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On closer inspection, journalism has always been a technology-driven industry. From the invention of the pen to the digital recorder, passing through the teleprinter, everything has been a flourishing of tools that have enhanced the talent of professionals, helping them to get anywhere and immediately on the news.
And now where does it go, where does journalism go in the age of artificial intelligence?
It will surprise you (perhaps) to know that AI has already influenced the sector: today it already represents about 10-12% of its overall function. Here, from the most "hands-on" to the most extreme, 5 areas of "invasion" that will make journalism increasingly fueled by this technology.
1 Articles written by a machine
AI can assist human journalists with more complex tasks. It speeds up the writing of long-running essays, in-depth analysis and investigative reporting. Articles written by the AI are currently limited to basic and conventional topics such as stock market results, sports match scores and so on. We will see later.
2 Transcript of audio and video interviews
AI can save journalism time by transcribing audio and video interviews. Turn audio data into text so reporters can focus on extracting insights rather than transcription.
3 Warning notices
AI can examine even huge databases, sending alerts to reporters as soon as a trend or anomaly emerges from big data. It can provide content producers and publishers with tools to identify fake news and reduce its impact on readers. In short, an investigation into tech sauce.
4 Enhancement of journalism
Artificial intelligence technologies can help journalism procedures and workflows, improving it. They can help organizations streamline their otherwise too fragmented information collection, source contact, and back-end activities (such as relationships with advertisers).
See how many useful tools? Don't be afraid that AI will steal a journalist's job. No, I was joking, you can also be afraid. Just a little'.
5 Robotic journalism
Not just manufacturing, healthcare and marketing industries: robots (naturally powered by artificial intelligence) will also take their place in editorial offices. Don't believe it? China's state-owned Xinhua News Agency has taken a step forward by implementing both AI 'avatars' for reading news and robots like Jia Jia, an anchorwoman who conducts and also does interviews.