Reuters, the Associated Press and The Washington Post have all added artificial intelligence to their news gathering and reporting processes over the last few years. In 2016, the Post produced 850 articles using its Heliograf system, including 500 on the Presidential Election. AI is credited with being helpful when it comes to fact checking and being more efficient. However, critics say the move to these robot reporters sometimes comes at the expense of real journalists and causes layoffs in the newsroom. Is A-I the future of journalism? Host Dan Loney discusses the uses of AI in journalism with Meredith Broussard, an assistant professor at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, and Seth Lewis, a chair in Emerging Media at the University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication, on Knowledge at Wharton.
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