Blog: Dear Journalist, AI will not destroy your job soon
Nowadays we see a lot of media noise about Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in news production. Some clever speakers are predicting an oncoming end of the traditional journalism. Not sure if these experts, who are talking about AI, can count in mind 2³.
Algorithms may simplify life of a journalist. Few years ago at Akchabar we created a tiny robot who writes and publishes on Twitter scheduled updates on exchange rates, fuel prices and local currency market. It still works. Every working day it composes a five bulletins according to logical instructions. So we saved a lot of cognitive energy, time and money delegating this kind of dummy work to a piece of computer code.
Big players like Google, Amazon and Microsoft are now proposing exciting AI services as a part of their cloud platforms: voice recognition, video indexing, translation and even sentiment analysis. Microsoft’s Azure, for instance, do great person recognition, however is not a champ in sentiment analysis for Russian texts.
At the other hand, current state of these tools requires technical skills and knowledge to use them properly (if you are not a Chinese Government). For newsrooms it will take time to incorporate AI into their processes or integrate inside CMS. Furthermore, according to our findings and tests, any translated text or a transcribed audio needs a deep editorial check. So, seems like it’s too early to change your profession.