Man or machine - can robots really write novels? how far away are books written by robots? Well they have already happened, in their hundreds of thousands.
Professor Philip Parker, of Insead business school, created software that has generated over 200,000 books, on as varied topics as 60 milligram containers of fromage frais to a Romanian crossword guide.
Amazon currently lists over 100,000 titles under his name.
Can an Algorithm Write a Better News Story Than a Human Reporter? the universe of newswriting will expand dramatically, as computers mine vast troves of data to produce ultracheap, totally readable accounts of events, trends, and developments that no journalist is currently covering.