Like many people, you may think that the world is becoming too addicted to technology and too reliant on machines. Meanwhile, down in Miami, they're straight-up giving the robots newspaper bylines now:
Journalist Rene Rodriguez announced on October 10 that he had published his final byline at the Miami Herald, where he's worked since 1989 in a variety of roles, most recently covering real estate.
It's unclear who will replace the veteran reporter, but there appears to be at least one new writer on the Herald's real estate beat: Miami Herald Bot.
At 1:55 p.m. on October 15, Bot published its first article on the site: "North Miami Beach, Florida house sells for $2.4 million." Just two minutes later, it impressively published two stories at once: "Miami, Florida condominium sells for $5.4 million" and "Sunny Isles Beach, Florida home sells for $2.6 million," both at 1:57 p.m.
Before its first day on the job came to a close, Bot notched another byline, at 3 p.m., with "Coral Gables, Florida home sells for $5.1 million."
Well, uh, first of all, on that last bit: A robot's workday "comes to a close?" Why? It's a robot. Can't it just keep working all night?
At any rate, yes, we all know this is just another inexorable step toward robot domination. In the meantime, the real estate market in Miami appears to be absolutely nuts, so folks down there should enjoy it before Miami Herald Bot becomes self-aware and...well, you know.