Sunday, October 16, 2016


I'm never quite sure about the right balance of investment between journalism and journalism technlogy at the BBC. BBC News Labs have been out to play at an IBM hacking competition, and have made a 'bot' which acts as a 'dating assistant', providing research information that might break the ice on a first date.

There is, apparently, some link back to the news business: "Working out the new editorial - and social - experience which we need to offer to make bots work as a new and trusted source of news is likely to be a substantial project for us next year. As a first step we will be aiming to train the bot to have more natural conversations with users."

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