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Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Automated Virtual News Show: Watch the News at Seven

Similar to Ananova, News at Seven is an automated, virtual news program that uses mainstream media outlets along with views from the blogosphere for its content. It's a project at 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.
While still primitive (the text-t0-speech engine still needs work), it does give a hint about how personalized news services may evolve in the future.

Watch the October 16 edition below or click here:


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