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Robot News Writer

Robot News Writer
A robot wrote the LA Times earthquake breaking news article.

The paper was the first to publish a story about the Monday morning quake - and the writer wasn't human... it was a computer algorithm.

Ken Schwencke, a journalist and programmer, created a program that automatically generates a short article and posts it whenever an earthquake happens.

He says it took only three minutes for the story to appear online after the quake. The program also uses another algorithm to generate stories about crime in L.A. - with human editors deciding which ones should get the most attention.

--Rob Archer

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