Cortico, machine learning to understand the heart of America

A non-profit started at MIT

Cortico, a non-profit started with the help of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, gives newsrooms and local newspapers access to machine learning, natural language generation (NLG) and other hi-tech tools.

Journalists can use them to analyze and extract information from multiple sources and databases, to pay better attention to the voices that where not heard in the past. Cortico mines through all the information produced on a national and local level in the United States, but it also monitors forums, comments, and the radio talk shows from the heartland of America.

Through these tools journalists can develop content that is more closely linked to the true needs of their readers and find a common ground that overcomes the differences dictated by diverging political views.

Cortico, which can be seen as an antidote to the political and social isolationism of Donald Trump’s America, is headed by Deb Roy of MIT’s Laboratory for Social Machines.