The Lab developed this AI bot with the Star-News, a newspaper in Wilmington, N.C., to provide responsive answers about the local community to readers. The AI bot trained on thousands of newspaper readers questions and hundreds of journalists’ responses from the newspaper’s “My Reporter” section and then indexed local and national media sites and information services to provide the answers to readers.
Partnering with Kenan-Flagler Business School, the Lab developed Media Advisor, which provides data science tools, including machine learning, to help media executives make better decisions and better engage with customers. Media Advisor also has tools to help journalists discover stories in large data sets.
Ducille is a semi-autonomous rover that captures smooth 360-degree video content. The rover can be controlled remotely or can follow an on-camera reporter. The prototype was presented during the opening keynote at the Journalism Interactive Conference and presented at the Online News Association Conference in 2016. A fourth generation of the robot in development with Segway Robotics will include a custom application for journalists and 360 video. This partnership will enable a more affordable robot for journalists across the industry and will be available in 2020.