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Could a robot have written this story? The rise of the Robo-journalist
By Peter Shadbolt, for CNN
9:46 AM EST, Thu February 5, 2015
The rise of the robo-journalist: advancements in programming and artificial intelligence are creating "bots" who can write copy good enough to pass the scrutiny of a human reader.
Sverker Johansson, a Swedish teacher, has created a computer program -- called Lsjbot -- that is said to have written over 2.7 million Wikipedia entries, or 8.5 percent of the total.
The L.A. Times was the first major newspaper to publish a story entirely created by a computer program: it was an earthquake report published a mere three minutes after the event, in 2012.
This "mechanical man" was called Alpha and it was built in 1932. He could talk, sing, whistle (for half an hour), laugh, carry on a conversation, tell the time and date, fire a revolver and read the small print of a newspaper.
The robot could read fluently in any language, and was on display at the Radio Exhibition in Olympia, London. Alpha was invented by scientist Harry May for the Mullard Valve Company.