Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Financial Times: Computers write news at Thomson

From the Financial Times:

"First it was the typewriter, then the teleprinter. Now a US news service has found a way to replace human beings in the newsroom and is instead using computers to write some of its stories. Thomson Financial, the business information group, has been using computers to generate some stories since March and is so pleased with the results that it plans to expand the practice."

Comment: Having done this job myself, I can tell you that I'm surprised all market stories aren't being generated by computers at this point. A colleague and I came up with the idea to do Mad Libs style market stories while waiting in line to see the first Austin Powers movie.