AP Sports is using “robot” reporters to cover Minor League Baseball

The Associated Press on Thursday announced that it is now covering Minor League Baseball games nationally using artificial intelligence and software from Automated Insights, and data from MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), the official statistics provider for Minor League Baseball. Automatically generated stories cover games that AP Sports’ human writers weren’t reporting on or traveling to anyway, including: Triple-A, Double-A and Class A games, across 142 MLB-affiliated teams and 13 leagues. So if you’re worried that technology is “stealing jobs” from promising sports writers, rest easy. According to the AP’s deputy director of sports products, Barry Bedlan, the AP actually hired automation experts to develop, manage and integrate MiLB coverage. The move was not exactly unexpected, either. The news organization has been using artificial intelligence and software to cover earnings reports…


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