the road ahead

Computer Writers?
June 9, 2009, 12:59 pm
Filed under: business, ministry

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I came across an interesting article that contends that Web 3.0 will include computer-generated writing. Here is he line that stood out to me: “The future of the Web won’t rely on pesky things like social media, citizen journalism, or professional reporting. Instead expect to see Web content generated by semantic technologies that will render actual writers obsolete.”

So as we move into the next phase of web-generated content, the machines will begin to write for us! In fact, according to this article, we are already experiencing some of the early attempts at computer-generated editorial work!

“Some of our Internet experiences already have an automated undercurrent. Google News, for example, spits out stories that computers–not humans–have ranked as Best of Breed. The new search engine Wolfram Alpha does our thinking for us by relying on ‘knowledge computation’ to provide singular results it thinks we should have, not an assortment of results from which we can choose.”

How do you feel about this? Will writers and editors be out of business in the brave new world?


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Your word you used in your question is right, “What do you FEEL about this?”

Computer-generated writing? That’s like trying to compare a mannequin to a human being.

Comment by Angeline Koh

I somehow don’t think a computer will comprehend, for instance, why this version of Psalm 23:4 …
“Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid.” …
lacks the beauty and soul-moving poetry of this version of the same verse …
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.”

Comment by Stephen Caldwell

I believe that this could happen in the world, but to the extent that it does happen, the world will be worse as a result.

Comment by Glenn McMahan

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