Will Robots Replace Journalists?
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is gradually starting to switch from fantasy to real life. AI helps journalists to analyze large amounts of data, identify patterns, trends and insights from various sources. With the help of AI, journalists can notice things that can’t be seen with the naked eye, recognize speech and translate it in into text and vice versa. The potential of AI is unlimited. It is likely that in the future robots won’t only be able to recognize human speech and text, but will also learn to understand feelings and emotions of people.
The research conducted by TFH AI Analysts reveals that AI technologies are changing journalism in a way no one could have predicted a few years ago. And it’s happening at a time when journalists and media companies are looking for new solutions to the challenges that journalism faces during the digital revolution. Now it’s important not only to save time and money but also to keep up with the ever-growing flow of news.
AI is able to save journalists from routine work. The technology enables to quickly process a large array of information and thus, frees journalists from monotonous work. For that purpose, there are tools like Summarizer and Agolo that use AI to create a brief summary of a large amount of information in real time. These programs process a large amount of information in minutes, while manual processing would take journalists a few days or even weeks.
AI can also improve the quality of the created content. AI doesn’t just check the grammar but it understands the context and the purpose of the written text. Editor, from Microsoft Word, not only checks grammatical errors in the text, but also offers smart solutions when something in the text seems wrong. Grammarly and Atomic Reach can do the same. These programs can speed up the process of editing text.
AI is able to generate news content, which helps journalists to reduce the time they spend for searching news and to focus on more important things. The newsrooms began to experiment intensively with the technologies of automatic news gathering to save time and process a large amount of information in the shortest period of time. For example, the Washington Post used Heliograf to produce automatic news, which first debuted during the Rio Olympics. And Quakebot, developed by the Los Angeles Times, creates automatic news about earthquakes in real time.
In addition, journalists need to find facts, verify their authenticity and interpret them. If the interpretation is incorrect, the facts can cause misunderstandings, damage and even change the course of history. That’s why fact-checking is very important for journalists. AI is able to verify the reliability of facts using the information from trusted sources. For this purpose, there are several fact-checking programs such as ClaimBuster and Politifact.
AI is able to help journalists to save time on searching and processing large graphical and video content because the technology does it more efficiently. Almost every news needs visual content, whether it's video or photo. Here are programs that help authors and editors to find the most relevant video content - Vidrovr and the Cloud Vision API. Also, there are programs that can quickly create the appropriate graphics, such as Wibbitz and Graphiq.
Journalism and media will never be the same. Journalism can be dramatically changed with AI. This doesn’t mean that AI will completely deprive people of their work. Artificial intelligence can help to expand opportunities of journalism, but it will never replace journalists.