This week, Bloomberg Media rolled out Bulletin, a newsfeed-style feature in its mobile app that gives users personalized stories every time they open the application. The stories’ one-sentence summaries are written by an artificial intelligence-powered program that scans the stories for meaning.
Bloomberg produces a torrent of news every day. Bulletin doesn’t scan opinions, editorials or special investigative stories, because the technology that reads the stories to summarize them is best at understanding documents that have similar structure, such as stories about company’s quarterly earnings, or the fluctuations in a commodity market. Other publishers such as Reuters and The Washington Post have done robot-written stories that rely on structured data.
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