Forbes Among 30 Companies Ditching Human Writers For Computer-Generated Content
Forbes is among 30 companies using software from Narrative Sciences to write computer generated stories.
It wasn't enough that computers have eliminated the need for assembly line workers and bank tellers and that lady who used to check me out at the grocery store before she got replaced by a scanning kiosk. Now they're coming for the writers.
Narrative Science uses data sources to create stories in multiple formats, including long-form stories, headlines, tweets and industry reports. I'm not even kidding about this. Here's a report from Forbes, excerpted on Galleycat, that was written by a computer program:
While company shares have dropped 17.2% over the last three months to close at $13.72 on February 15, 2012, Barnes & Noble (BKS) is hoping it can break the slide with solid third quarter results when it releases its earnings on Tuesday, February 21, 2012.
What to Expect: The Wall Street consensus is $1.01 per share, up 1% from a year ago when Barnes & Noble reported earnings of $1 per share.
The consensus estimate is down from three months ago when it was $1.42, but is unchanged over the past month. Analysts are projecting a loss of $1.09 per share for the fiscal year.
It's not Shakespeare, but it's a narrative.
This scares me. It's bad enough the machines are controlling our food production and our computer networks. Now they're controlling what we read?
Skynet is becoming aware. Don't believe me? There was a good documentary about this a few years ago: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Check it out.
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