The rise of the robots: machine commissioning, machine writing and machine reading

We are entering an age where content is commissioned, created, read and acted upon by machines. This is something that's been happening with numeric data for some time, however, language-based content is a different matter. But how exactly does this work? And what are the implications? Is it, for example, really possible for a computer to edit and write a newspaper? Commissioning Content Demand Media is perhaps the best known proponent of machine-commissioned content. Demand Media has created a virtual factory that pumps out 4,000 videoclips and articles a day. It starts with an algori...

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