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A real reporter raced a computer. Can you spot the difference?

A real reporter raced a computer. Can you spot the difference?
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For at least two centuries, humans and machines have been battling. From John Henry vs. the steam-powered hammer to Garry Kasparov vs. Deep Blue, humans are trying to prove that they can't be replaced.

Unfortunately, even if humans win the first few times, it isn't long before a machine comes along to pass us up. There are still plenty of ways humans are better than machines, of course, but that list is getting shorter every year. Even skilled doctors like anesthesiologists are threatened.

But so far, we've just been talking about matters of muscle, logic and quantifiable science. There's no way a computer could replace a human creatively, right? That's what NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley decided to find out when he went up against WordSmith.

WordSmith is a program created by a company called Automated Insights, and its job is to write news stories. It mostly handles sports and financial news, but its content has already appeared on Yahoo! and the Associated Press.

Next page: How does it stack up to a real reporter?
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