The future of news


From Northwestern University’s Infolab comes the possible/probable future of news. News at Seven automatically generates a 3 minute news bulletin by first gathering news, images and comments from the web. These are then fed through Text-to-Speech tech before being rendered in the HalfLife2 engine.

Someday soon we’ll each have our own news broadcast, read by whoever we want, living or dead, with whatever cocktail of news we want. And our culture will fragment even further. Which is going to be handy when the climate crisis really starts to bite and we find we’ve forgotten what it means to be a good neighbour. But I tell you what, get in a region-based WoW clan or local football team or something team-based and local. Because at some point in the future you’re going to need people around you who you can trust, and who work well together. And that’s not most offices. And that’s not most families.

My, I’m an optimistic powdermonkey today.


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