Can computers write a better story than humans?

There’s a company training computers to write news stories. Can they do a better job than humans? It depends on the story, says this author.

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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post about Narrative Science and the idea that algorithms could replace human writers for news stories.

At the time I based my cynical piece—as is my custom—on the things I’d read in Wired, Crain’s, Slate and The Atlantic.

My biggest issue with the company is the idea that a computer could replace not only part of my livelihood, but my passion. But the really interesting conversation happened in the comments, as is always the case.

Some of the comments included things such as:

You know what? I agree with all these comments. You can’t teach a computer to do what humans can with language. What’s next? A Pulitzer Prize for the pretty black laptop over in the corner?

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