Added: Aundria Lehner - Date: 25.11.2021 16:53 - Views: 13043 - Clicks: 8977
Yesterday morning I woke up, put on a pot of coffee, and checked the news. I wanted to revisit the New Hampshire primary that had rolled in the night before. ToI tapped a ready-made text reply containing a donkey, an elephant, and an American flag emoji.
More texts, and more news, arrived. This is the future of mobile news, as Quartz envisions it.
Instead of headlines, you get messages that read like texts from a friend—if your friend were a news-obsessed but reliable source with an irreverent tone of voice. Story blurbs are occasionally packaged with gifs. When the app runs out of stories to feed you, it serves up a quiz question e. There are, however, still —some things don't change.
Chat-based user interfaces are growing in popularityespecially in Chinabut mostly for services. Open it at any given time, and a synopsis of a news item, written by a team of about six editors in Washington, D. You can query the app for more highlights from the current article, or ping it for other news recaps.
But [the app] is continuously evolving because the news is continually evolving.
Williams, Lee, and the Quartz team started working on the app in earnest about a year ago. A few different apps that let you chat with bots got their attention. Zach Seward, an executive editor at Quartz, had one that let you send text messages to Taylor Swift. He and Williams realized, after prototyping a version of the app that used a Tinder-like swiping interface for browsing through new stories, that it feels most natural to go from a notification into texting.
We already do it all the time. Williams and Lee say they avoided AI on purpose. A chat-based news app poses an interesting challenge for developers who would power it with deep learning: can you train a neural network to be unbiased? Williams and Lee say they don't have plans yet for any kind of text entry on the user's part, but they're thinking about it.
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