Wednesday August 12, 2020

Willie O’Reilly: The AIs have it, so what does this mean for media?

Microsoft is replacing its journalists with robots, but history tells us that the most revealing stories of our time come from real, live reporters

7th June, 2020
Robots at work: Microsoft is replacing its journalists with artificial intelligence in a worrying move for the media industry and for consumers of news. Picture: Getty

The future is moving towards us, faster than we thought possible. The Covid-19 pandemic has had the effect of speeding things up, particularly in the area of tech and media.

Doctors, once reluctant to adopt changing practices, are now delighted to see their patients in the safety of a Zoom meeting room. Board meetings, management meetings and investment get-togethers have all moved online to some form of video-sharing application. It’s a chance to show off...

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