Posted by: crudbasher | July 1, 2014

More Automated Content Creation

According to Wikipedia, of the 7.1 billion people on Earth, approximately 26%, or 1.82 billion of them are under the age of 15. Assuming a student teacher ratio of 30:1 (which is too high), we would need 60 million teachers to educate them all.

Obviously that is not very practical. So how do you do it?

The only way I can see to do it is to have automated content creation tools. You give a piece of software information about a topic and it can generate multiple lessons. Ideally, it could generate a lesson that is geared towards each individual student based on a profile that is built as they learn.

I have therefore been watching for automated content creation stories. Here is a recent one.

H/T benzinga

A vast amount of reporters’ time and resources is spent on producing approximately 300 earnings reports each quarter, AP Managing Editor Lou Ferrera said in a company blog post. Automated technology, on the other hand, could produce 4,400 short earnings stories (150-300 words) in the same time period.

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Automated Insights Vice President of Sales & Marketing Adam Smith told Benzinga that the algorithm takes data sets and mines it for patterns, trends and correlations. It also looks at the user and the user’s history.

The algorithm then pulls those insights out and organizes them based on what’s most important for the user.

“What makes Automated Insights different from other code-deciphering services is that it has the ability to tell a story like a human, using narrative prose,” Smith said.

Quite impressive and only the beginning. The education market is much too large for these sorts of technologies to not be tried there too.

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