According to this opinion piece in the Farmington Independent, computer programs are attempting to take over dull newspaper article writing for topics such as local sports, financial news, and restaurant reviews.
From the article:
The machines are branching out, though. They’ve started generating stories about restaurants.To be fair, that’s another situation where “stepped to the dish” is a useful turn of phrase. Other sports terms are, of course, less useful. Particularly useless for restaurant-reviewing robots: “We’re gonna shock the world!” and, particularly, “It’s gut-check time.”
“Grand slam” could be useful, but only in the very specific situations when the computer is reviewing a Denny’s.
Besides, there will always be things I can do that no robot can replicate. I bet I take better pictures than a computer, which can really only photograph the cubicle walls around it.
How many different articles do you think are worthy of being written automatically by a computer? Do you think that the majority of stuff that the local weeklies put out could be replaced? With most newspaper articles sticking to the facts and interjecting random quotes from those who are interviewed, do you think that it would be possible to do more automation in this area? What about opinion pieces, like restaurant reviews? Could I be out of a “job” and relegated to the back page now that a computer could do my job?
What would make you switch to a robot generated restaurant review over one written by a human? Would it be the pictures as mentioned in the article or would it be that there’s simply no way for a computer to understand the finer points of food? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.