Tribune Publishing chairman: We want to start publishing 2000 videos a day with artificial intelligence

Late last week, Tribune Publishing announced that it was now called Tronc (or tronc, with the five-years-too-late-to-be-fashionable lower-case first letter), with a focus on producing content using artificial intelligence. The zany AI angle, pushed heavily by Tronc’s new billionaire biotech benefactor Patrick Soon-Shiong, is just one recent twist in the saga at the once-storied newspaper chain. Since USA Today owner and rival Gannett made a hostile bid for Tribune/Tronc last month, Chairman Michael Ferro has done everything to keep the company from changing hands. On CNBC today, Ferro outlined some of his plans to revitalize the company, whose share price has dropped by nearly half over the last couple years. It involves using vaguely described machine learning technology to produce lots of video. “There’s all these really new, fun features we’re going to…


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