Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Is this the future of news?

From Northwestern University's Infolab:
News At Seven is a system that automatically generates a virtual news show. Totally autonomous, it collects, parses, edits and organizes news stories and then passes the formatted content to an artificial anchor for presentation. Using the resources present on the web, the system goes beyond the straight text of the news stories to also retrieve relevant images and blogs with commentary on the topics to be presented.

Did they say "totally autonomous?" Automating any one of the elements of presenting a newscast seems possible, but automating all of them? The effect as demonstrated by the video above is mesmerizing. I guess we should take solace in the fact that the original inputs to News at Seven are the stories written by people who gather news, sift through the facts and create stories from them. The implication of this system is that much of what we see on a newscast could be automated.

qv: News At Seven

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At 1:53 PM, Tim Waller said...

I've put my application in at Burger King. And I want the job with the least responsibility.


At 6:37 AM, Phil Yanov said...

You crack me up!


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