Re: Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing

Subject: Re: Re: Economist magazine points to decline of tech writing
From: Nancy Allison <maker -at- verizon -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Sun, 04 Jan 2015 15:55:39 -0600 (CST)

I can understand an algorithm pulling information out of a well
structured annual report that has already been written. If there is a
script to the video, same thing, if it's well formed, I guess an
algorithm could pull a description out of it. Someone has to have
created useful source material for the algorithm, no?


On 01/04/15, Jim Shaeffer<jlshaeffer -at- aol -dot- com> wrote:

Computer algorithms are writing descriptions of videos and creating
news briefs from the annual reports of corporations. We are well on our
way to having them do what you describe. (There is no need to wait for
the singularity.)
Jim Shaeffer
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There is an entire world of industries that the only use of computers
is
their engineering, accounting, and technical publications, which are
about
manual (as in work, not paper) operations that no algorithm is going to
produce as the input is from watching and asking questions, or doing it
yourself.
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Sent: Friday, January 02, 2015 10:48 AM
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> Personally, I'm dubious that the people running the study have a good
idea
> of how many industries use technical writing/communications. No
matter how
> intuitive software is, there will always be a need for technical
> information, if only on how to troubleshoot it and, for large
systems, how
> to administrate it and hook it into multiple systems. And that's just
the
> software industry. How intuitive is it to use, say, a dremel? Or a
> front-end loader? How about flying an airplane? Prescription
> documentation?
> Electron microscopes? And so on and so forth.
>
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