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Twitterbots, chatbots, googlebots… Artificial Intelligence is the most important technology impacting the industry today and it will continue to shape it in the years to come. The use of journalistic bots has a profound impact on media. One of the earliest uses of bots in journalism was the ‘Twitter bot’. The program has tended to automate three particular aspects of journalism: alerting, aggregating and monitoring. The result is a level of coverage provided by a virtual reporter. What does it mean for the future of media coverage? Are bots the future of blogging and journalism? Will human reporters be replaced by A.I. technology entirely?
Dmitry Shishkin - Digital Development Editor, BBC, UK