A Reporter Raced a Machine (Automated Insights’s WordSmith)

An NPR Reporter Raced A Machine To Write A News Story. Who Won?
May 20, 2015

A company called Automated Insights created a program called WordSmith


Human Or Machine: Can You Tell Who Wrote These Poems?
June 27, 2016


Rise of the Robots (by Martin Ford)

Rise of the Robots
Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
by Martin Ford

… it was written by a robot, by a system from a company called Narrative Science

Health care is one of the areas where there’s just a tremendous amount of potential and promise. So far, what we’ve seen in health care is that it has really lagged other areas of the economy in terms of what technology has been able to do. We haven’t seen the kind of disruptive impact that we’ve seen in a lot of other areas in health care. And that’s part of the reason that the costs remain so high.

Better Than Human: Why Robots …

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs
Dec 24, 2012

a second wave of automation, one that is centered on artificial cognition, cheap sensors, machine learning, and distributed smarts. This deep automation will touch all jobs, from manual labor to knowledge work.

one piece of software by Narrative Science that can write newspaper stories about sports games directly from the games’ stats or generate a synopsis of a company’s stock performance each day from bits of text around the web.

Baxter, a new workbot from Rethink Robotics. Designed by Rodney Brooks, the former MIT professor who invented the Roomba vacuum cleaner

[Brooks] suggests it might be 30 years before robots will cook for us.

Humans can weave cotton cloth with great effort, but automated looms make perfect cloth, by the mile, for a few cents. The only reason to buy handmade cloth today is because you want the imperfections humans introduce.

Much tax preparation has gone to computers, as well as routine x-ray analysis and pretrial evidence-gathering

We don’t have the attention span to inspect every square millimeter of every CAT scan looking for cancer cells.

Before we invented automobiles, air-conditioning, flatscreen video displays, and animated cartoons, no one living in ancient Rome wished they could watch cartoons while riding to Athens in climate-controlled comfort.

Robots create jobs that we did not even know we wanted done.

The one thing humans can do that robots can’t (at least for a long while) is to decide what it is that humans want to do. This is not a trivial trick; our desires are inspired by our previous inventions, making this a circular question.