7 Things You Should Know About Robot Writers


Robot writers combine algorithms with natural language generators to produce written content. These tools use data—provided by a person or uploaded from another source—and artificial intelligence to compose a narrative. Penn State University has developed robot-writing technology for the creation of open-source textbooks, which can provide learners with more up-to-date content at little or no cost. Robot writers can also engage students and instructors in the process of evaluating content, creating resources, and sharing the results.

The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.

 In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.

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