Robots Replace Your Job

Machines have been replacing human workers for a very long time.
Robots can do many things humans can’t, more efficiently – and without complaint. Now, so-called knowledge workers could be on the chopping block, too – from telemarketers and salespeople to surgeons, and perhaps programmers and security software engineers. Even reporters, news writers and bloggers like me are facing competition from robots (more precisely, algorithms collectively known as artificial intelligence, or AI).
Dreamwriter wrote the 1000-word article, using algorithms that search online sources and data, in just 60 seconds. The article quoted economists and highlighted trends in a style indistinguishable from a human financial reporter. companies like Narrative Science in the US have been producing robot-written news stories for outlets like Forbes and the Big Ten Network going back a few years now.
Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith that generates simple news stories based on things like sporting events and financial news. The stories are published on Yahoo! and via the Associated Press, among other outlets.
WordSmith finished writing the story in two minutes. Human took just over seven minutes but writes with style. Legal issues – does copyright infringement extend to “style” since you can ask the program to study, learn and then copy the use of “style” which can be also done with music, painting, and most other creative arts).
Why contribute to the cheapening of being human (other than profit from an IPO)?
The algorithms powering robot writers like Dreamwriter, Wordsmith (by Automated Insights) and Narrative Science’s Quill, are getting smarter – machine learning even allows them to identify and highlight dramatic “turning points” in sports games or business transactions.