Sull’ultimo numero di Nieman Reports (una delle più antiche e prestigiose riviste di giornalismo, edita da Harvard University) è stato pubblicato un mio articolo che, a partire dal libro La Scimmia che Vinse il Pulitzer, parla di come sta cambiando lo scenario dell’informazione online e di come piccole startup – si veda la nostra Effecinque – possono portare un valore aggiunto, a partire anche da progetti come Beautiful Lab realizzato insieme a Sky.it e Tiwi.
Will Machines Replace Journalists?
After looking at start-ups for their book, “The Monkey That Won a Pulitzer,” two Italian journalists launched a project that uses motion graphics to tell news stories with context.
By Nicola Bruno
At Northwestern University, out of a place bearing the name Intelligent Information Laboratory, rises the invisible hand of Stats Monkey, a software program capable, its creators say, of drafting dozens of news items in impeccable English within seconds. If it seems smarter than journalists The title translates from Italian as “The Monkey That Won a Pulitzer: People, Adventures and (Good) News From the Future of Information.”perhaps this is because so far its stories have been limited to baseball, a sport in which statistics dominate. Number crunching is, after all, a mechanical task. Speaking of numbers, the folks who invented Stats Monkey say they plan to expand its coverage to global financial markets, a place where numbers scurry by in milliseconds. In this realm, the stories these numbers tell can make a significant difference—possibly sending markets tumbling with a misstep here or there.
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