Did anyone catch the IBM watson challenge on jeopardy? Basically IBM built a supercomputer that was able to play jeopardy. The computer got so advanced that watson played the two best jeopardy players in the world. Watson won. Now thats impressive. Another impressive thing is listening at how the watson computer works. The engineers explain it nicely in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3G2H3DZ8rNc I was thinking, perhaps similar technology could be developed and deployed to write articles. Basically the way watson works is that the engineers loaded massive amounts of data to the computer's hard drive stuff like wikipedia, the bible, every national geographic magazine, imdb etc. Its this data that watson looks through to find answers to the questions. Another thing that watson does is something called machine learning, basically watson takes feedback from the game and actually learns how to answer future questions of the same nature. The same technologies could be applied to article writing. For example, this computer would be browsing the internet (rss feeds, google news, google trends etc.) to find trends that are occurring in the world. When the computer finds a relevant article to write it starts querying the internet for data that would be relevant to the topic (doing research). During this process it would download the relevant wikipedia articles, relevant related articles and so on. Using this data it would then analyze it and write a relevant, high quality article. The articles would be high quality because they would be factually true and provide relevant news. You would literally be spinning content from thousands of webpages to write a 100% unique article. Such a task would be difficult to do but well worth it.