September 22nd, 2011 by Bob Bly
In the forthcoming motion picture Real Steel, human prizefighters are replaced by boxing robots.
This fate may be reality, not science fiction, for writers.
A company called Narrative Science (www.narrativescience.com) claims their technology can “transform data into high-quality editorial content … without human authoring or editing.”
If it’s true, this is bad news for freelance writers who produce articles and other content. These writers could be replaced by a machine.
I say “if” it’s true because the Narrative Science web site offers not one iota of proof that they can do as they claim. There are no videos, demos, white papers, webinars, testimonials, case studies, or explanations of how their software allegedly writes content.
Without proof, I am highly skeptical. But if Narrative Science has actually done it, some content writers may be forced to find a new way to make a living.
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