This Story Was Not Written by a Robot: AI and the Future of News Media

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Media outlets from the AP to local news sites are already using AI to cover sports, weather and finance.

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Several months ago, the tech news site CNET began running scores of personal finance explainers such as “What is compound interest?” and “How to cash a check without a bank account.” There was nothing particularly noteworthy about these stories — “Compound interest can be a great way to increase your savings over time,” one of them blandly reported — except for three pretty remarkable things.

First, many of these 75-plus pieces were laden with errors.