Associated Press announced that the Minor League baseball games will now be covered by Artificial Intelligence and software from Automated Insights, and data from MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), which is the official statistics provider for Minor League Baseball.
Barry Bedlan, AP’s deputy director of sports products said that there will be initially human editors involved, that the task would be no longer necessary as the system becomes trained in the data.
“We have to make sure anything that moves on the wire is 100% accurate. But once you have properly configured the software then accuracy is not in question,” Bedlan said.
Human sports writers will be under no threat since automatically generated stories will only be produced on events when they don’t have time to cover, especially when they are out covering major league events.
AP keeps the goal as to lighten the workload of human journalists for them to focus on bigger projects that require much more than AI writers can deliver, including investigative work.