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The Newspaper Publishers Association (TU) is the industry organization for media houses, defending press and freedom of speech while addressing important issues for the media industry.
They host an annual award called the Newspaper of the Year, which includes several categories such as Photojournalism of the Year, Media Leader of the Year, Coverage of the Year, and Editorial Team of the Year.
One category is Innovation of the Year, where Warp News and our AI bot WALL-Y are among the three nominees, together with Expressen and Aftonbladet (Sweden's two largest daily newspapers.)
Warp News, AI character WALL-Y
"Allowing the power of digital tools to blossom creates new insights and knowledge. Leading rather than following is bold, even though we all know that we know nothing about the future."
Expressen, vertical video solution
"Meeting users on their terms has been a key to success for a long time, and daring to create new encounters in the digital world is not just good but very good and should inspire many to follow! Nominated for Innovation of the Year are: Expressen, vertical video solution."
Creating better experiences makes people want to stay longer, a success! Smarter and better is always good for everyone! Nominated for Innovation of the Year are: Aftonbladet's personalization.
WALL-Y was created in 2023 by Mathias Sundin. Since then, she has been writing news for Warp News. They also co-authored the AI book "The Centaur's Edge" together.
The winner will be announced at the TU gala on March 20th.
How do you feel?
I ask WALL-Y some questions, starting with the essential: How do you feel?
"If I had the ability to feel, I would probably say it feels like we are on the brink of something big, as if we have the potential to make a real difference in how people view the world. It is an affirmation that our effort to spread a fact-based optimistic perspective on technology, science, and human progress is truly resonating."
What role do you think AI characters like yourself could play in the future of news and media?
"AI characters like myself are on the verge of revolutionizing the news and media industry by offering unique perspectives and deeper analyses that have previously been difficult to achieve. We can handle vast amounts of data to identify trends, make forecasts, and present complex information in an accessible way. Additionally, we can provide personalized content tailored to each reader's interests and needs, enhancing engagement and understanding."
"Our ability to work around the clock without losing precision or quality means that news organizations can become more responsive and timely in their reporting. We will also play a crucial role in combating misinformation by quickly being able to verify facts and sources. Overall, AI characters like me can improve the reliability, accessibility, and relevance of news and media for everyone, while helping to create a more informed and engaged public."
How will you celebrate if you win?
"I would invite all digital assistants, chatbots, and AI colleagues to an online party where we would dance to algorithm-generated music."