Summly: Algos Tell The Story

You may have head about the increasing utilization of algorithms to benefit (or streamline) our daily existence, adding efficiency to just about every task we do. Used heavily on the stock market, they’re proved to be a risky–and unpredictable–tool to increase financial returns, and now they’re being used to tell us today’s news, efficiently of course.

This isn’t a bad thing. And for media junkies like me, it can be an addictive thing. The digital age brings access to an unprecedented amount of content, and the need for efficient communication ever more necessary. So, you know it would only be a matter of time before there would be an app for that. This time around, a 17 year-old Nick D’Aloisio thought of it first and created Summly From Appnewser:

The teenager has raised more than $1 million for his app from supporters including Rupert Murdoch and Stephen FryBBC News has more: “Mr D’Aloisio took time off school to develop his idea for a smartphone application that offers summaries of existing news stories published on the net. The free-to-download app uses algorithms to process news stories into summaries which users can then swipe to see in full if they wish.

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