Journalists are at risk of being replaced by robots
Workers around the globe are beginning to fear for their job safety as the rise of the machines is well and truly underway.
And now its journalists’ time to feel the pinch after an AI robot wrote an entire article in just one second.
A robot reporter by the name of Xiao Nan created its first article for Chinese media outlet Southern Metropolis Daily.
The machine produced an article consisting of 300 characters on the subject of the Spring Festival travel rush – the largest annual human migration where millions of employees in China travel the huge nation to get home to their families for Chinese New Year.
Is it the end of the line for journalists?
The robot was developed by Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University who is working on developing several AI machines.
Speaking of the benefits of using robots in the media, professor Xiaojun told China Daily: "When compared with the staff reporters, Xiao Nan has a stronger ability to analyse data and is quicker at writing stories.
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“Such experiments are creating unease among the staff of the state-run media outlets as they fear they might lose their jobs.”
However, the professor says that robots will not be taking over the industry just yet.
He continued: “Robots are still unable to conduct face-to-face interviews and respond intuitively with follow-up questions.
“They also do not have the ability to select the news angle from an interview or conversation.”
Prof Xiaojun added: "But robots will be able to act as a supplement, helping newspapers and related media, as well as editors and reporters.”