Another in the robots-are-taking-over-journalism vein: Robbie Allen, the founder of StatSheet.com, says he’s come up with 21 different types of sports stories that can easily be written by a computer. “My goal for these [automated] blogs in version 1.0 is that at least 90% of the readers think the content was created by a human,” he blogged last week.
He added: “Will automated content be the end of sports journalism or blogging? Definitely not. There are always multiple sides to every story. And of course there are some categories of news (e.g. breaking news stories) that can’t be easily automated. I’d like to see an algorithm write a story about Tiger Wood’s infidelities! However, it will take only a short amount of time to get to the point where the average sports fan can’t tell the difference between human generated content and automated content.”
Allen’s starting with basketball and will move into NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB games.
Just remember, y’all: never trust robots.