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Robot Writers Need Something To Say

Your next generation robo-______. The mortgage industry loves using robo-witnesses, robo-signers, and really robo-anything. This will fit right in. No need for human thought or expression, just hand it off to a robot.


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Robot writers are hot. No, that statement is not a call to fix their air conditioners, much less to date them. It’s to acknowledge that pioneers in artificial intelligence (AI) and automated writing have gotten a lot of media attention (partly because it hits close to home; the deployments are public and noticeable and it invokes the perennial concern about job loss due to automation).

So what does the future hold for robo-writers? Will technology leaders in natural language generation write up everything, relegating humans to mere readers? Some boosters within leading companies seem to imply that possibility, but of course that’s what boosters do; they boost and boast.

I predict that robot writers will emerge, but slowly. The main reason is that writers need to find something to say that is worth reading, whether that something is routine or consists of novel insights of lesser or greater…

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