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SZ Tencent develops a robot journalist to write news stories

2015-September-12       Source: People's Daily Online

A newly developed robot journalist "Dreamwriter" published its first news story on the website of China's internet giant Tencent on Thursday, according to Beijing Times.

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A newly developed robot journalist "Dreamwriter" published its first news story on the website of China's internet giant Tencent on Thursday, according to Beijing Times.

The article, titled “August CPI a new high in the past 12 months” written by the news-writing robot, is no different in quality from reports by human journalists, as it quoted data from officials from National Statistics Bureau and analysis by experts.

However, the robot made a mistake about the expert’s gender. Some media professionals think that the robot can only write hard news but not in-depth or feature stories.

Equipped with high speed calculating and information searching ability, the robot can write a piece of thousands-word news just in one minute.

Human journalists’ advantage is that they can explain a concept in a more easily understandable way. A story written by a human journalist writes that it will cost people one more yuan to buy scrambled egg with tomato as CPI in August rose by 2 per cent.

Tencent stated that the robot will not take place of human journalists. They hope the robot can free human journalists so that they can do more challenging and intelligent works.

Editor: Nan

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