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Finnish researchers develop robot reporters

Researchers from the University of Helsinki have already developed Valtteri, a news bot that has written over 750.000 news articles on the 2017 Finnish Municipal election results, in both Finnish Swedish, and English. Valtteri is part of the Immersive Automation research project aiming at automating news production.

The project focuses on small language areas, such as Finland, Slovenia, and Croatia, that are lagging behind compared to the technologies already developed in the Anglo-Saxon language. One of the goals of the project is to simplify searching for information from online news across language barriers. The goal is to search and combine news written in several languages, and thus to improve people’s access to information. Also, the researchers are looking into ways to make computers write more vividly, using metaphors etc. to put a bit of colour into the language.

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The Language Bank of Finland is a service offered by the FIN-CLARIN research infrastructure, a part of the European CLARIN research infrastructure for language-related resources in Humanities and Social Sciences. National and regional Research & Education networks provide access to the infrastructure, read how Finnish R&E CSC is involved on the latest In The Field blog.