Microsoft, artificial intelligence will replace 50 journalists

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ROME – Via the journalists, it’s up to the software. Microsoft will not renew the contracts to about 50 employees working on its Msn portal and plans to use artificial intelligence to perform their desk duties. With what results we will find out soon. The news – this was written by a flesh and blood journalist – was given by the Seattle Times. “This decision is not the result of the current pandemic,” said a Microsoft spokesman in a statement.The editor of the article has done what algorithms, however sophisticated, they can do. He heard some employees who, speaking under anonymity, provided the reporter with a few more details: their work as journalists will be replaced by the use of software to identify trending news among those of dozens of editorial partners and to optimize the content by rewriting titles, adding photographs or slide shows.
Until 2013, the Msn portal offered original content and links to news, weather and sports, but in 2014 it became an aggregator and launched a version by paying other news sites to redistribute their content. Today the news service is based entirely on those partnerships without any original production.

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