How a robot wrote for Engadget

Wordsmith At its core Wordsmith is a bit like Mail Merge: It all starts with data. That means you’re limited to writing about quantitative, number-driven topics. I plugged in a simple chart containing some key data on smartphones released this year, with the view to having the app write an article about the latest big tech announcement, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7. I wanted to create a Blogbot that could compare its specs to the rest of the smartphone market. While training the neural network to write, I had to feed it around a million words published on Engadget. Wordsmith doesn’t require this sort of input, but it can’t create articles from nothing. Instead, you write a basic template article, and then start adding variables. So I started with a simple…


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