BOUND TO PLEASE / Will artificial intelligence learn how to take over your job?

By Yung-Hsiang Kao / Japan News Staff WriterRise of the Robots By Martin Ford Basic Books, 334pp A robot wrote this sentence. Well, almost. Just by typing the letters “A,” “r-o-b,” “w-r-o,” “t-h-i,” and “s-e-n” into the text messenger on a mobile phone, the predictive text function helped write that first sentence. But this “primitive” method won’t take away any writing jobs. What will do so is software such as StatsMonkey, which can automate sports reporting. The software analyzes statistics from a baseball game and “generates natural language text” to come up with phrases such as “Things looked bleak for the Angels when they trailed by two runs in the ninth inning” and even includes quotes from players. This is just one of the many well-researched examples presented by Martin…


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