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Google bots too use UK gov databases for 30,000 news articles a month

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posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 05:40 PM
Google just gave $800,000 to UK’s Press Association to automate news stories in
the UK but here the catch they only plan on using information only provided by
the government itself into a databaseand no other source.

The Press Association project – codenamed RADAR, or Reporters and
Data and Robots – will be a collaborative effort with Urbs Media, a UK
startup that specializes in automated data journalism. The Press
Association is Blighty's equivalent of America's Associated Press –
a roving newswire that feeds stories to publications.

PA said in a statement: “RADAR is intended to meet the increasing demand
for consistent, fact-based insights into local communities, for the benefit of
established regional media outlets, as well as the growing sector of
independent publishers, hyperlocal outlets and bloggers.”

Natural language processing software will be used to piece together
information and emit computer generated stories on an industrial scale.
We're told a team of five journos will apply the code to publicly available
information from local and central government, so it can create stories
about politics, crime, and so on, all from templates. Terrifying.

A Register
They claim that it will help "hold democratic bodies to account" but if the
only information it uses is from the same democratic bodies....

Do you sort of see the problem.
edit on 6/7/2017 by skuly because: I make the post look nice and as soon as you press enter it looks like i type it in the middle of a earthquake

posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 05:52 PM
a reply to: skuly

There's not to much difference with how it is now.

Notice the trend most outlets have been following for decades now?

"A source who would like to remain anonymous".

The government has hand picked what to give or "leak".

Our media isn't much different than Russias.

posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 05:55 PM
a reply to: skuly

Wow, just wow.

Im so disturbed...meanwhile we are all being played by the cult of personality, Trump, Muslims, Christians, brown, white...."meanwhile back in Gotham City" Google and Amazon stage a global coup.

posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 06:00 PM
a reply to: skuly

Its pretty disturbing but, to be honest, I've not trusted British media for a long time now.

BBC always claimed to be impartial but the bias is off the charts these days.

Sky is Murdoch and pro globalist, pro EU

can't remember the last time I watched TV really, if its on at all it just yammers away to itself as background noise.

posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 06:11 PM
I can't see this going far, at least not in the form that the article describes. And if it does, it won't corner the market.

I can see it might end up being useful in the context of writing press releases - install it in the Department of Administrative Affairs, feed it a regular supply of statistics, and it can send email alerts to overworked hacks.

The thing about the entire project is that it is a means of mass production. And when everyone is printing the same stories, they will cease to be competitive.

If the mainstream media are willing to end up as propaganda for bureaucratic convenience, then we will be well rid of them.

posted on Jul, 6 2017 @ 06:25 PM
More laws, more regulations, more compartmentalization of information will hopefully give way to the rise of independent media and counterculture. They're using people's lust for technology, portability, convenience and ultimately their desire to feel empowered, to reduce through illusion, the availability of conflicting ideas by streamlining access to curated "intelligence."

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