Algorithms writing sports stories? This is outrageous!This issue is
remeniscent of the old Buddhist parable of the empty boat:A young
farmer was covered in sweat as he paddled his boat up the river to deliver his
produce to the village. As he looked ahead, he saw another vessel heading
rapidly downstream. He rowed furiously to get out of the way, but it didn't
seem to help. He shouted to the other vessel to change direction, to no avail.
The vessel hit his boat with a violent thud. He cried out, "You idiot! How
could you manage to hit my boat in the middle of this wide river?" As he
glared into the vessel, he realized that night one was there. He had been
screaming at an empty vessel that had broken free of its moorings and floated
downstream with the current. Having algorithms write news stories is
no different than screaming at an empty boat. Both exercises are completely
Personally I would have liked more information about polution and the new inland
port the state is planning on building.p in the Salt Lake Valley.It
is my feeling the Deseret News did not handle it sufficiently.