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Microsoft Replaces Dozens of Staff With AI for News Stories on MSN

Published by Slashdot on Sun, 31 May 2020


"Workforce automation is about to cost dozens of news contractors their jobs," writes Engadget:The Seattle Times and The Guardian report that Microsoft is letting go of dozens of news contractors (about 50 in the US, 27 in the UK) after June 30th due to a shift to AI news production on MSN. The workers were responsible for choosing, editing and curating stories. The work included identifying trending news stories, planning content, and rewriting headlines, according to the Seattle Times. "It's been semi-automated for a few months but now it's full speed ahead,'' one of the terminated contractors tells them. "It's demoralizing to think machines can replace us but there you go.''Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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