Human journalists, start the countdown to your obsolescence (if you haven’t already, that is). Your inevitable robot replacements are picking up steam — and more importantly, sponsorship — with another show of support from the world’s biggest tech company.
Google’s Digital News Initiative (DNI), a fund that promotes innovation in digital journalism in Europe, just announced its latest round of sponsored projects. Among them is RADAR, a collaboration between the UK and Ireland’s Press Association (PA) and Urbs Media, a startup that creates localized news stories using AI.
DNI awarded the RADAR project (which stands for Reporters And Data And Robots, natch) a €706,000 (roughly $804,000) grant. That influx of cash will be used to create a service that will ramp up automated news efforts, with natural language generation (NLG) AI programs pumping out up to 30,000 stories per month across localized distribution networks starting in 2018. All the components of the AI-created stories will be automated, from the words on the screen to the graphics and images that accompany them. Read more…
Article by Brett Williams, Read more on http://mashable.com/2017/07/07/google-ai-journalism-funding-europe/