back to article Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

The Register seeks full-time developers and data scientists to build software tools to generate El Reg-style headlines and other text. This technology will draw upon the work of top UK academic Professor Warren Rice, who has assembled a database of more than one million news stories, including the entire Register archive, and …

  1. Korev Silver badge
    Joke

    I hope the new AI puns don’t alter the tensorflow of the sentence

  2. JassMan Silver badge

    @Korev

    Since you started your comment on the subjact of AI, I read your last word as sentience. This has made me realise that that I am probably unsuited to apply for the job. I will therefore get back to cooking my poisson d'avril for lunch.

  3. macjules Silver badge

    Not sure I look forward to working with Miskatonic University, so I’ll pass.

  4. J. R. Hartley Silver badge

    Is TheReg still edited by Hampton Doubleday? I'm related to him you know.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Sounds the perfect job for #hashtag Amber Rudd...

    Given she's developed the perfect AI "frictionless borders solution" for the Channel tunnel and the border between NI and the Republic of Ireland, is there really any better candidate right now for the job?

  6. el kabong

    It won't fool anyone.

    They should have picked another day.

  7. Nick Ryan Silver badge

    Meh. I'd consider applying however as I'm likely to be up against AManFromMars I really don't see that there is any point in shaming myself.

  8. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

    @J. R. Hartley

    Is TheReg still edited by Hampton Doubleday?

    He's taken up French Polishing - the work is far more lucrative, and there is a high demand now thanks to the HomePod

  9. Oh Homer Silver badge
    Coat

    Maybe this'll help...

    A few years ago, I wrote this Bullshit Generator during one particularly obnoxious meeting.

    Sample outputs:

    • He can not revitalize traction to engage our cohesive deliverables
    • Nobody will evangelize vision to commoditize their organic groundswell
    • She might inject buzz to productize his lateral buttocks

    Etc.

    Yes, all those buzzwords (except buttocks - I just threw that in there) and more featured during this meeting, although it's not an exhaustive list, and predates the likes of "blockchain", so needs an update.

    Incidentally, I've heard unconfirmed rumours of "blockchain" being used as a verb, as in "We need to blockchain our strategy moving forward". It was bound to happen.

  10. katrinab Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    I have a pretty good idea what the encrypted code says, but I won't post it until this afternoon.

  11. m0rt Silver badge

    " but I won't post it until this afternoon."

    Now that just doesn't make sense, either in context or encrypting it.

  12. katrinab Silver badge
    WTF?

    Having said that, why are there no blockchains? Nobody will take you seriously if you don't put it on a blockchain.

  13. Voyna i Mor Silver badge

    "I have a pretty good idea what the encrypted code says, but I won't post it until this afternoon."

    I have a pretty good proof of what it says but the margin is too small to contain it.

    Also, I have a program that already does everything that the Reg requires, with the small problem that the output is entirely in Whitespace 2003. (Of which today is the 15th anniversary).

  14. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    "Having said that, why are there no blockchains? Nobody will take you seriously if you don't put it on a blockchain."

    I must admit to being disappointed. I firmly expected today to be the launch-day for the El Reg Crypto-currency. I had my broker on stand-by.

  15. Chris G Silver badge
    Pint

    Spare Time

    It should be a versatile bot that can double up as a program that will operate a tea and sandwich making robot, after all how much of it's time will be taken up with headline writing?

    Could include a Home Brewing subroutine to manage the cupboard under the stairs.

  16. Mr Templedene

    This AI wrote a fantastic headline!

    Click here to find out how

  17. SoaG

    I couldn't believe the 10 things that happened next and DESTROYED <pro/anti political view> using these common household items and kitten gifs.

  18. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Makes sense. I've already created AI for comments, I input the article and it gives me a recommended option out of the following,

    Brexit

    Douglas Adams Reference

    Monty Python Reference

    Cult sci-fi film Reference

    Linux is better than windows

    Flash is bad

    You're holding it wrong

    1984

    Crapita

    Saves me loads of time.

  19. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Fake news!

    I wonder what amanfrommars thinks about this.

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Fake news!

    That was my first thought. Then I realized that this is three letter agency plot to get amanfronmars (1?) to expose himself. ;)

  21. Rich 11 Silver badge

    Re: Fake news!

    How could we tell?

  22. Steve Davies 3 Silver badge

    Re: Fake news!

    Amandrommars? What about Eadon?

  23. PNGuinn Silver badge
    Trollface

    Re: amamfrommars

    3 options:

    amanfrommars is the prototype.

    amanfrommars is the finished product.

  24. amanfromMars 1 Silver badge

    A Rake's Progress? :-)

    I wonder what amanfrommars thinks about this.... Anonymous Coward

    Well, as you ask ....

    They have been read out on air by baffled BBC presenters.
    ...... Post Modern Classics is a Simply Complex Read but Can Easily be Understood by All.

    And the Powers that Proprietary Prime Intellectual Property Energy Generates is Quite Literally, Almighty Awesome.

    Is that more extant current news to be read out on air further baffling embattled BBC presenters?

    These laborers, using closely guarded expertise passed down from generation to generation, use keyboards and mice to fuse computer engineering knowhow, puns, and functional alcoholism to form our article titles.

    Not that's a Form for Generation of AI Virtual Block Chains... with/for Perfecting Almighty Restraint In Safer Space Places ....... Remote AI Augmented Virtualised Realities in Live Operational Virtual Environments ...... which could also be Alien OutPosts/Extra Terrestrial Exploratory Fab Labs where SMARTR AIMachines Run Everything Created Almost Too Perfectly. And that keeps them Beautifully Busy Open Testing and Tasting Newly Highly Addictive Wares that Quell the Almighty and Reveal a Virtual Haven with Myriad Paths through Heavenly Doors/Advanced IntelAIgent Remote AI Augmented Virtual Reality Portals to Explore in the Passing Over into Live Operational Virtual Environment AIdVentures ..... Further Augmenting AI Leading JOINT Missions with and for Friendly Natives and Virgin Stock. ......... the Almighty Impressive and Impressionable. :-)

  25. Chris G Silver badge
    Pint

    Re: A Rake's Progress? :-)

    "These laborers, using closely guarded expertise passed down from generation to generation, use keyboards and mice to fuse computer engineering knowhow, puns, and functional alcoholism to form our article titles."

    Now that, made me laugh out loud.

    Have one on me!

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  27. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

    Clearly something wrong here

    Knowledge of the lyrics of Mary Poppins omitted from the requirements.

  28. choleric

    Re: Clearly something wrong here

    Something something something I think that's quite atrocious.

  29. Warm Braw Silver badge

    Editorial staff are vehemently opposed to this project

    Well, if I had to work my way through a long queue of bloated bots in order to rate their performance, I'd probably be at least ambivalent about the prospect. However, a software analyst would probably happily volunteer to help.

  30. Rich 11 Silver badge

    Re: Editorial staff are vehemently opposed to this project

    Editorial staff are vehemently opposed to this project, so the successful applicant will require superior interpersonal and conflict resolution skills.

    In other words, you have to know which end of a cattle prod is which.

  31. Grikath Silver badge

    Re: Editorial staff are vehemently opposed to this project

    Noo need fer a' Moostick, Laddy. Yes' use yer HEID on 'em scunners...

  32. Not also known as SC Silver badge
    Pint

    "Successful applicants will work with Prof Rice whom we have hired to head this development effort."

    Something's not right here - El Reg spending money on something other than beer???

  33. Rich 11 Silver badge

    Well, Budweiser is brewed from rice. Then again, Budweiser isn't beer.

  34. Adam 1 Silver badge

    careful

    This site has quite a proven track record of predicting the future.

    A year ago, coincidentally to the day, there was an innovative suggestion about JavaScript crypto miners being delivered by a website rather than ads to annoy people. Now we have coinhive to deal with.

    My best wishes to the successful applicant. May this be a memorable day for you.

  35. Aitor 1 Silver badge

    Old news

    I here humbly propose we further delve into AI.

    Not only can thereg substitute the journos, I think it can, sorry, IT MUST, substitute all the commentards. That way they would react as expected, and everyone would be happy, or as happy as the algorithm determines.

  36. Steve K Silver badge

    Re: Old news

    Careful what you wish for - AManfromMars1 is already an AI - they've never debugged him fully (or slightly...)

  37. Big John Silver badge

    Re: Old news

    > "...I think it can, sorry, IT MUST, substitute all the commentards."

    "I'm" pretty sure that's already happened.

  38. PNGuinn Silver badge
    Trollface

    Re: Substitute News ...

    So ...

    We have a series of random bots to write the headlines.

    We have a series of random bots to write the stories.

    We have a series of random bots to write the comments.

    So, no change then, until Apple and Ms decide to talk to the bots.

    It'll never catch on .... Oh, wait ....

  39. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: Old news

    Debug a day and drop a Hokku. Do it for ten or more years, and that's, generally, IT (-;

  40. handleoclast Silver badge
    Coat

    I see you've already filled the rôle

    And the new hire's first act was to fiddle with the comment icons.

    Signed, a proud forum troll since Easter Day, 2018.

  41. VinceH Silver badge

    Re: I see you've already filled the rôle

    Oh, I just assumed every poster was an Australian troll.

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  43. Blockchain commentard
    Facepalm

    How about this for a headline?

    Click-bait developers wanted !!!

  44. MrT

    Addendum : Note to applicants...

    Experience working at the William Morris Institute for Automation Research will be considered advantageous...

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  46. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    It's the end of an era I tell you. You young people today...

    Blah blah.

    Assorted old codgery complaints.

  47. John Smith 19 Gold badge
    Joke

    William Morris?

    Bloody armchair Socialist.

  48. Steve K Silver badge

    No DevOps?

    You missed out DevOps from the requirements - shome mishtake shurely?

  49. PNGuinn Silver badge
    Boffin

    Re: No DevOps?

    No, DevBots.

    RTFA.

    Queshtion is - will they be Agile enough?

  50. GrumpenKraut Silver badge

    Re: No DevOps?

    perl -e 'print "My DevOps is full of eels!\n"; '

    Do I qualify? Version 2.0 will have three different headlines!!!

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