Category: Video Games


Northwestern’s News at Seven has avatars report the news

October 28th, 2007 — 3:28pm

Update: Chicago Public Radio piece on “News at Seven.”

Northwestern University’s Infolab, which is part of the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, runs an interesting project called “News at Seven.”

In the “News at Seven” broadcast, avatars, not people, report the news. (It’s already gotten considerable press, but will launch a new beta version tomorrow, Monday, October 29th.)

Here’s a preview. (And more old newscasts can be found here or you can read the project blog).

Given my disdain for the broadcast medium, you can imagine the implications I draw from a nifty computer program that can generate video of avatars spitting out news stories. (Note to my broadcast buddies, I didn’t say I disdained the people or the reporting, just the medium).

That said, the avatars, in their present inception, do seem a poor substitute for real people.

Broadcasters, do you feel your job security is threatened?

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South Korean technology at its finest

October 18th, 2007 — 8:28pm

Soo-kyung Seo, a freelance journalist in South Korea and friend of mine from Medill, sent me two videos to explain how far South Korea has advanced in technology. Both come from CNN: one on video games, and the other on the digital divide on the Korean peninsula. Both worth a watch…

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