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NLG research: Does text generation using neural networks work? And how?

Several times a year, Retresco holds an in-house hackathon. That means two days away from day-to-day work – time to engage with new topics, think outside the box, and try out new approaches. This helps us look at our own technologies from different perspectives and make innovative advances.   Inspired by the E2E NLG Challenge, […]

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HOW TO AI: How intelligent is artificial intelligence?

Not all AIs are the same. Intelligent language assistants are just as much a part of the collective term artificial intelligence as machine translation or face recognition. However, a face recognition system is not able to translate text or to understand and answer questions. So the AIs have one thing in common: they are specialised […]

Artificial intelligence won’t replace us

As artificial intelligence polarises, the media attention around the topic increases. This is indeed very positive, as the public discourse leads to a wider and more even distribution of knowledge. But at the same time, it increases the diversity of interpretations and opinions, often resulting in the circulation of half-truths. As a result, uncertainty and […]

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HOW TO AI: Navigating the buzzwords of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and natural language processing – when the conversation turns to artificial intelligence and the ubiquitous buzzwords begin to fly, non-developers soon switch off. These terms are often used too broadly, synonymously, or simply incorrectly. To shed a little light on this matter, and to help you deal with AI […]

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Keeping Robots and Humans Separate

At the beginning of this month, the Financial Times posted an article about the setup of hybrid systems—where automated processes and humans work together—and of the different approaches that they often take. The story begins by telling of how a pedestrian was killed by one of Uber’s self-driving cars. It was an accident that occurred when the […]

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textengine.io – The Democratisation of Automation

We are pretty positive about Natural Language Generation (NLG). It would be a surprise, frankly, if we were not. We honestly believe that NLG solutions can be vital to answering questions facing companies and organisations today. There are numerous benefits to companies that decide to implement NLG products as a support to their everyday operations. […]

When People Don’t Trust Robot Journalism

It is easy to fear robots. They’re an easy way to tap into the instinctive of sentience without human qualities such as empathy, compassion, creativity or mercy. Robot journalism is often seen with the same trepidation, many seeing it as a threat to the livelihood of working reporters and editors. But while many fear the […]

Automated Content defines news

How automated content defines news

When it comes to Natural Language Generation (NLG), many feel that one advantage that human reporters have over their robotic brethren is that the latter are unable to accurately define, when confronted with raw data, what is worthy of being called ‘news’. Or, more specifically, they cannot leave to one side everything that is NOT […]

Retresco’s response to PwC’s UK Economic Forecast

Earlier this month, professional services firm PwC released its latest edition of its UK Economic Outlook. Tucked in at the end of the report, there is a chapter on what effect AI and automation are going to have over the next twenty years.   There are a number of headline discoveries. Firstly, the overall change […]

How content curation helps news organisations drive digital revenue

Digital disruption has forced news organisations to rethink business models and transform products to sustain growth. Those that invested in data and research to create user-centric products have seen across different platforms and succeeded in pivoting towards a digital subscription model.   In the New York Times’ 2017 full-year earnings release, they declared that that […]