While the post appeared under Schwencke’s byline, the real author was an algorithm called Quakebot that he developed a little over two years ago. Whenever an alert comes in from the U.S. Geological Survey about an earthquake above a certain size threshold, Quakebot is programmed to extract the relevant data from the USGS report and plug it into a pre-written template.
Once this Quakebot algorith (no relation to the actual human robot, 'Al Gore') is set loose on ALL the news feeds, then the reporters will go the way of the dinosaurs (and the rest of us nearly extinct print newspaper folks).
They better be careful, however, that they don't get their templates crossed. We know how efficient government computers can be after the obamacare rollout, right?
I can almost see the next robot generated quake report (with a few minor 'bugs' in the algorith's pre-written template) confusing Quakebot with RiceBot Embassy news:
BOTNEWS: A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported Monday morning five miles from Benghazi, California, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. What our assessment is as of the present is in fact the spontaneous shaking at the epicenter six miles from Cairo was sparked by extremist elements upset by a hateful video insulting the prophet, and was not a preplanned, premeditated earthquake.