News by AI
Three-quarters of news organisations are already using some kind of artificial intelligence such as automated fact-checking as well as for tagging and metadata support. And while many of these are R&D projects, a significant number are expected to move into production over the next year, according to the Journalism, Media, and Technology Trends and Predictions 2018 report from the Reuters Institute and Oxford University.
One of the most likely uses of AI for news publishers is in driving better content recommendations on websites, via apps, or through push-notifications. Switzerland’s Neue Zürcher Zeitung, for one, is developing algorithms to uphold journalistic standards – these combine ideas of general and personal relevance so individuals are not caught in a filter bubble and are exposed to more content that they might usually be.
Also coming to the fore are artificial intelligence bots. Replika is an AI assistant that picks up moods, preferences, and mannerisms until it starts to sound and think like the reporter. Going forward, it may be able to mimic posts on Twitter and Facebook.