Stop the presses

Newspapers are consolidating, circulation is declining and jobs for reporters are shrinking. One news organization in California is even outsourcing local news reporting to India. What else could go wrong?

One example of this new, super-capable form of artificial intelligence is StatSheet, a software program that takes sports statistics, integrates them with a human vocabulary and churns out news stories — all by itself — about baseball and football.

The application generates more than 15,000 articles a month and over the course of its nearly four-year lifespan, has created a million pages of news.

“It’s getting better every day,” said Robbie Allen, who invented StatSheet in 2007. “Within the next three to four years, it will be better than what a human can produce. And the reason for that is pretty much the foundation of computation: We can analyze and access significantly more data than one person can on their own.”

Just one further thing to consider when Skynet becomes self aware.

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