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Washington Post resorts to robots to write Rio Olympics updates


By John Glenday, Reporter

August 8, 2016 | 1 min read

The Washington Post has revealed it has become the latest newspaper to rely on software for data-driven coverage of the fast paced Rio Olympics, augmenting its team of human reporters with AI screeds.

Heliograf has been developed by a team of three in-house engineers at the Post, capable of reporting on medal tallies and individual wins as and when they happen.

This will see hundreds of real-time news reports on scores and medal-counts generated automatically without any form of human intervention with the results posted on its website and social media accounts.

Rather than supplanting flesh and blood reporters the move is intended to free up correspondents to focus on more complex tasks.

Other AI experiments to generate headlines of their own include work by Narrative Science to automate baseball scores and Automated Insights which undertakes similar projects for the Associated Press.

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