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Robots Are Reporting On The Olympics Because There Are So Many Events

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There are so many sporting events in the Olympics that artificially intelligent (AI) robots are now reporting on them for The Washington Post, the media outlet announced Saturday.

According to the Olympics official website, there are currently 41 different events, including Trampoline, Taekwondo, Badminton, Canoe Slalom and Equestrian Dressage.

Human reporters are still being used to provide more in-depth analysis of the competitions, but statistics and timely updates will be provided by an AI system called Heliograf.

“Launching Heliograf is a natural next step for The Post’s use of machine learning,” WaPo’s engineering director of data science Sam Han said.

Stats and other pertinent data are being supplied by Stats.com, according to TechCrunch.

The updates will be published on special social media accounts created just for WaPo’s bot, such as Twitter and Facebook Messenger.

One of the first Tweets did not go so well:

Just like The Washington Post, The Associated Press employed robots to cover the vast amount of minor league baseball games and leagues around the country.

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