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MEDIA

INTRODUCTION

The Media industry is on the brink of major changes as a result of AI, Drones, Robotics. Print reporting has been undergoing change as the internet has replaced newspapers as the primary news source, and newspaper companies are searching for an effective business model which will provide enough revenue to finance some level of old-style reporting. Advertising is starting to use drones (and swarms of drones) to create new ways to present their messages.

AI’s increased involvement with natural language understanding, which has been highlighted by current (2018-19) concern with identifying ‘false news’, is going to impact all reporting. Already many sports reports are automatically generated from broadcast feeds, and this will become more sophisticated as videos of sport activity will be automatically analyzed. And what has been done for sports will also be done for financial reporting, and even for major events.

Robots are starting to replace news anchors (whose flexibility has been limited by management, which has eased the use of robots). And reporters are losing jobs from the impact of the internet. These are early days for the impact of technologies for people in advertising. The current need is to learn new technical skills, rather than for a reduction in employment.

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