Ryan Graff of the Knight News Innovation Lab says we saw glimpses of the future in many projects that launched this year. Among them, he says, were signs of “the rise of algorithms.”
Summly‘s launch got us thinking again about how algorithms are bound to become common newswriting tools. They won’t replace reporters, but some of those low-level, dime-a-dozen stories (ahem, earning reports) might just be better off in the hands of an algorithm. Automated writing sounds apocalyptic, but wouldn’t it be great if technology left the journalists time to create the complex, nuanced stories that we love the most?
Plus, there’s every chance that algorithms will find news rather than write it. Ben Welsh beautifully explained the Los Angeles Times’ work in this area at this year’s International Symposium of Online Journalism.