The Rise of Robot Journalism

gigaom-450425633-croppedShould we celebrate it?
‘…Narrative Science has been generating sports stories — game wrap-ups, etc. — and earnings-based reports for a number of clients including Forbes magazine for a couple of years now. In an interview with Steven Levy of Wired magazine, co-founder Kristian Hammond estimated that within 15 years robots or algorithms would be writing about 90 percent of what we consider news-based journalism. Is that a bad thing? It is if you endorse a kind of “full employment” principle for human journalists, but not if you actually care about journalism.

‘The harsh reality is that much of what appears in newspapers and on websites is not the kind of ground-breaking, investigative or analytical content most people think of when they hear the term “journalism.” Some of it is pedestrian content about sporting events, earnings reports, news releases, calendar events, city council meetings and so on. Wouldn’t it be better if we could automate some of that and free up reporters to do other things?…’

Did Atlanta Police use Facebook for Identity Theft?
Baton Bob strikes back at Atlanta police
‘“Baton Bob” Jamerson, a prominent Midtown street performer, filed a lawsuit Friday in federal court against the City of Atlanta accusing its police of violating his constitutional rights, from freedom of speech to protection against unreasonable search by illegally arresting him last year.

‘And that’s for starters. They’re also accused of assault, privacy violations, discrimination and identity theft. Jamerson contends the arresting officer masqueraded as Baton Bob on the entertainer’s popular Facebook Page by coercing a positive statement about police from Jamerson and posting it.

‘The police arrested Jamerson, 62, on June 26, 2013 as he donned a short white tutu, mask and veil, to celebrate the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a 1996 law blocking federal recognition of gay marriage…’

Can you trademark an internet meme?
‘Ultra Pro International LLC is in line to control the use of the word “doge” with any clothing if its trademark application goes through on July 8. The move to trademark the word has the Dogecoin community and its meme lovers baring their teeth. The case of whether or not the company can (and will) succeed in trademarking the name of the continuously happy meme has become a messy clash between law and perception. And it provides a cautionary tale to other businesses who might be looking to trademark viral internet content.

‘Despite the company’s alleged best intentions, the Doge community, especially its cryptocurrency supporters, raised their hackles at news of the trademark application.

‘Twitter user Little Shibe first discovered the registration filing and set off a subsequent firestorm on Twitter and Reddit as news spread throughout the Doge community…’


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