The Washington Post’s Newest Olympics Reporter Is Artificial Intelligence

According to the Washington Post, Heliograf–an artificial intelligence technology that will be used to report Olympic results, standings and other metrics–is here to help the paper’s human reporters, not take over their jobs under a seemingly innocent early march toward our future robot dystopia. “In 2014, the sports staff spent countless hours manually publishing event results. Heliograf will free up Post reporters and editors to add analysis, color from the scene and real insight to stories in ways only they can,” explained Jeremy Gilbert, director of strategic initiatives, in the announcement. Putting aside for the moment any fears of displacement by robots with the capacity to learn and devoid of the need for things like sleep, food or procrastination, here’s what it will do: Heliograf will file updates on WaPo’s…


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