When Machines Become Writers and Editors

by Rael Dornfest

Related link: http://ojr.usc.edu/content/story.cfm?id=690

Columbia Newsblaster scans online news reports, reads them using natural language processing (NLP) algorithms, and spits out a rather nicely written summary. Online Journalism Review: "It interprets the importance of different facts, based on its own news judgment, reflecting factors such as where a fact is mentioned in the published reports, how often it is repeated across reports dealing with the same event or subject, and the news value of those individual facts..."