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Aug 23 2013   10:03AM GMT

Scottish red kites start writing a blog

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Scotland has tagged red kites with satellite tracking information which sends their positionings to a computer six times a day. Combined with information on weather, habitat and landscape, it builds up a story of the birds lives in the form of a blog.
The Blogging Birds project is part of a collaboration between computer and environmental scientists at the University of Aberdeen and conservationists at the RSPB, but the blog itself has no input from human fingers.
A programme called Natural Language Generation” generates written language from the satellite information, which is written up in a blog post format.
Just as well really, we think the birds will be more concern about their fight against extinction than updating their Tumblr and Blogger account six times a day.

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