Hoorah! Film criticism has become yet another menial task that can outsourced to machines. Our long cultural nightmare of film critics giving the best years of their lives to this onerous, mindless labor is now over:
This is a fine example of what’s coming out of Northwestern University’s Intelligent Information Laboratory, which replaces journalists with algorithms:
News At Seven is a system that automatically generates a virtual news show. Totally autonomous, it collects, parses, edits and organizes news stories and then passes the formatted content to artificial anchors for presentation. Using the resources present on the web, the system goes beyond the straight text of the news stories to also retrieve relevant images and blogs with commentary on the topics to be presented.
The secret is, this replacement has already occurred at all the finest mainsteam media establishments. Go America!