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In a first, Chinese daily publishes a news article written by a robot
A news article written by smart robot journalist named Xiao Nan has been published in Southern Metropolis Daily based in Guangzhou, China. The article has been written on the Spring Festival travel rush.

It seems that robots would soon be giving human journos a run for their money, as it merely took one second for the robot to write this 300 characters-long article, as per scientists. 

Wan Xiaojun, a professor from the Peking University is leading a team that is engaged in studying and developing such robots. According to him, the robot that finished writing the article within a second, is capable of writing both short stories and longer reports. 

He said, "When compared to staff reporters, Xiao Nan has a stronger data analysis capacity and is quicker at writing stories."

"But it does not mean intelligent robots will soon be able to completely replace reporters," Xiaojun was quoted by `China Daily' as saying.

However, the staff members of state-run media houses are scared of such experiments as they fear losing their jobs to robots.

According to Xiaojun, presently the robots are not technically capable of conducting face-to-face interviews or responding to follow-up questions like human journalists can. The robots also lack the technological refinement to select the news angle from an interview or conversation.

He said, "But robots will be able to act as a supplement, helping newspapers and related media, as well as editors and reporters."

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