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Abi Jones @jonesabi
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Yesterday I made a data set of AI headlines and played with an RNN (recurrent neural network) to generate new AI headlines.

It went...not so well. Unless you're psyched about "President Battlestar"

In the process of copying and pasting 1,000 headlines from TechCrunch, The Verge, Recode, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Slate, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Reddit, The National Review, Fox News, the MIT Technology Review, and The Onion, I learned some things.
1. Each news source has a distinct style (journalists are prob cringing right now)

a. [startup] raises [amount] [round] for [purpose]
b. [megacorp's] [product] [does a thing] [criticism of thing]
b. [corp] acquires [startup] to [innovation-sounding thing]
The Verge is harder to pin down. But some good grammars:

d. [startup] an app for [need] is coming to [platform]
e. How to use [technology] to [mundane thing you shouldn't use tech for]
f. [megacorp] is going to [government entity] to discuss [tech thing]
2. Listicles

5 is the new 10.
EVERY listicle had 5 items.

Five Startups Disrupting the Gender Problem in Tech
Five Things You Didn't Know About Cortana, Microsoft’s Virtual Assistant
Five ways your future robot might go awry.
3. Transhumanism & Robot Rights

Most major publications don't give a shit about transhumanism or robot rights. It is just *not a thing*. There were two sources that focused on it: Reddit and The National Review.
I cut short getting headlines from The National Review because they were so focused on the weirdest edge cases of AI.

AI Should Never Have "Rights"
Transhumanism's Dictatorship of AI Machines
AI Day Will Never Replace Christmas
Transhumanist Nirvana: Human/Robot Marriages
The Fox News headlines (and the articles!) could have been straight from CNN. They were white bread stories about Alexa sales and burger-flipping robots.
New Yorker headlines were awfully short. Too short.
I think it's because they are story titles with subtitles, e.g.
Oh, a common CNN/Fox headline style (maybe my favorite):

Meet [diminutive name], the [noun]-[verb]ing robot.
When I started this thread, I said I learned all this from copying and pasting 1,000 headlines.

That's not true.

I've been reading headlines for ~30 years and tech news specifically for ~15 years.

That copy/paste work helped me *classify* headlines.
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