The robot as cub reporter: law's emerging role in cognitive journalism

Kirley, Elizabeth 2016, The robot as cub reporter: law's emerging role in cognitive journalism, European journal of law and technology, vol. 7, no. 3, pp. 1-40.

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Title The robot as cub reporter: law's emerging role in cognitive journalism
Author(s) Kirley, ElizabethORCID iD for Kirley, Elizabeth
Journal name European journal of law and technology
Volume number 7
Issue number 3
Start page 1
End page 40
Total pages 38
Publisher Queen's University of Belfast
Place of publication Belfast, Northern Ireland
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2042-115X
Keyword(s) Data journalism
cognitive journalism
disruptive innovation
humanmachine interactions
Summary Today's journalist is immersed in news production that no longer treats robot-written news as a mere reference tool. Major news corporations are reshaping the journalism business to reflect the increasingly dominant role of algorithms and its consequent decrease in human curation. With data so integral to today's news storytelling and the arrival of machines that are learning to 'sense, think and act' like their creators, we are called to deliberate on the legitimacy of law to address human risks and responsibilities when humans are harmed physically, socially, financially or professionally. This paper argues that we are entering the age of cognitive journalism that affects the legal personhood question and examines policy initiatives on both sides of the Atlantic for legal norms to inform a law for machines that learn from mistakes and teach other machines. Legal issues raised by driverless cars, human cloning, drones and nanotechnology are examined for what they can offer to an emerging law of the robot. The paper concludes with a call for research that will bring a more nuanced understanding of the legitimate place of law in cognitive journalism.
Language eng
Field of Research 1801 Law
Socio Economic Objective 0 Not Applicable
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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