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Robots Are Writing the News Now

When the earthquake hit in Los Angeles on Monday, the LA Times had a story published about three hours later. They were the first media outlet to report on the breaking news because (although it was 6:25 am when it happened) a robot wrote the story.

The journalist at the LA programed a computer using algorithms. The “robot” wrote the story soon after the earthquake happened.

The journalist just had to approve it and hit the “publish” button. The robot journalist can write basic stories on earthquakes alerts as well as homicides in the area. Ken Scwencke, the journalist and programmer for the LA Times said “The way we use it, it’s supplemental”. “The way I see it is, it doesn’t eliminate anybody’s job as much as it makes everybody’s job more interesting” concluded Schwencke.

We reached out to the El Paso Times for comment, but a machine asnwered

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