What News-Writing Bots Mean for the Future of Journalism

WIRED 

This story is part of our special coverage, The News in Crisis. When Republican Steve King beat back Democratic challenger Kim Weaver in the race for Iowa's 4th congressional district seat in November, The Washington Post snapped into action, covering both the win and the wider electoral trend. "Republicans retained control of the House and lost only a handful of seats from their commanding majority," the article read, "a stunning reversal of fortune after many GOP leaders feared double-digit losses." The dispatch came with the clarity and verve for which Post reporters are known, with one key difference: It was generated by Heliograf, a bot that made its debut on the Post's website last year and marked the most sophisticated use of artificial intelligence in journalism to date. When Jeff Bezos bought the Post back in 2013, AI-powered journalism was in its infancy.

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