China published a 300 character news report written by a robot named Xiao Nan. The humanoid finished the report in less time than a normal journalist does. This breakthrough was reached in the time when there is anxiety about artificial intelligence snatching away jobs from people. Will the advancement of science really gobble up human employment?
With economic inflation hitting most major nations across the globe, it has become hard to be gainfully employed. Now it seems that people also have to compete with robots in order to earn a living. The successful demonstration of robots becoming progressive enough to handle any job done by human beings is scary.
The Robot Who Wrote A News Report In A Second
Xiao Nan is the author of the news story published on the Spring Festival travel rush in Guangzhou-based Southern Metropolis Daily. He also happens to be a robot, China Daily reported. While it would have taken hours for a human news writer to compose the article, it was done in a second by Nan. Wan Xiaojun, a professor at Peking University, expressed confidence that these robots would write short stories and longer reports too in the future.
But there is nothing to get concerned about for human journalists, mentioned Xiaojun. “When compared with the staff reporters, Xiao Nan has a stronger data analysis capacity and is quicker at writing stories,” he said. “But it does not mean intelligent robots will soon be able to completely replace reporters.”
This is because robots have yet to reach that advanced phase where they would be able to conduct face-to-face interviews. These robots are also incapable of coming up with individual angles. Nor can they spontaneously answer follow up questions. What they would eventually be able to do is assist editors and reporters in multiple ways in the future.
Robots Taking Over People’s Jobs
Robots and automated devices have already started making a debut in sectors such as food-packaging, pharmaceutical and cosmetics. Guardian reviewed the automated kiosks that are being used by McDonalds. These kiosks let customers choose their order by a few taps on a touchscreen without having to interact with human beings.
The employees who would have otherwise obtained salaries are now jobless because of that device. Even a field as creative as journalism is under the threat of being invaded by robots. In Europe, the parliament has urged to give robots a legal status.