Robot Reporters, Artificial Intelligence, and Augmented Reality

Robot reporters aren’t coming for all of your jobs just yet. But, it’s important to understand how automation is affecting journalism now. Instead of being scared of this inevitable innovation, you should learn how to use automation to make your job more efficient. Automated data analysis may give you more time to delve deeper and report on context.

But, you must beware, AI can make it much harder to tell truth from fake news. Watch this PSA comedian Jordan Peele made with BuzzFeed using Adobe After Effects and the AI face-swapping tool FakeApp.

This should serve as a reminder to always question something before you share it.

Some TV news stations are starting to incorporate mixed-reality onto their sets to help visualize stories. Journalists should stay on top of these innovations to better learn how to tell stories in new ways. Mixed reality shouldn’t just look cool, it should be used intentionally. Take a look at how these stations strategically use mixed-reality.

USF’s Innovative Education department is using augmented reality to tell engaging stories like this:

This visual AR is just the beginning. Some outlets are using new technologies to program “robots” to write news articles.

Joshua Benton, director of the Nieman Journalism Lab, spoke at the Seoul Digital Forum in Oct. 2015 about “When Journalism Meets Technology.”

Additional Resources:

The Anatomy of a Robot Journalist

Download AP’s full report: ap_insights_the_future_of_augmented_journalism

Feature image courtesy: The Weather Channel

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