Steve Dempsey: A futurist’s view of how the news industry can plot a new course

‘Can businesses traditionally focused on daily circulation and advertising revenues realise the potential that lies in the likes of artificial intelligence, personalisation, recognition and data capture?’ Photo: Depositphotos Last month over 600 editors-in-chief and media experts came together for the Global Editors’ Network Summit in a big old room in Vienna, with a rather grand painted ceiling, to find out if the sky was falling on their heads. One contributor with a strong handle on what the future may hold was Amy Webb from the Future Today Institute – a forecasting and strategy firm that researches technology and disruption. There were three tools that Webb name-checked for the media types in attendance. Bots, she said, offer the potential for a conversational interface between users and news providers. Recognition tools, some…


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