Source | The Times Of India
BEIJING: A robot journalist made its debut in a Chinese daily on Wednesday with a 300-characters-long article written in just a second, scientists say.
Its author, Xiao Nan, took only a second to finish writing the piece and is able to write both short stories and longer reports, according to Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University who leads the team studying and developing such robots.
“When compared with the staff reporters, Xiao Nan has a stronger data analysis capacity and is quicker at writing stories,” he said.
Such experiments were creating unease among the staff of the state-run media outlets as they might lose their jobs in the long run.
At present, robots are unable to conduct face-to-face interviews, cannot respond intuitively with follow-up questions and do not have the ability to select the news angle from an interview or conversation, Xiaojun said.
“But robots will be able to act as a supplement, helping newspapers and related media, as well as editors and reporters,” he said.