Friday, October 06, 2006

News At Seven | Northwestern Infolab

I'm out of town for two days, this pops up.

The new generation of Max Headroom.

"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.

Once it has assembled and edited its material, News At Seven presents it to the audience using a graphical game engine and text-to-speech (TTS) technology in a manner similar to the nightly news watched regularly by millions of Americans."

Too much fun, especially around the 1:50 mark (why does she keep looking off screen?)

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