Virtual Newscast

Tired of the same old evening news?  Well, look out Katie, Charlie and Brian!  If researchers at Northwestern University have their way, the news will become a lot more interesting.  With funding from the National Science Foundation, Scientists at Northwestern's Intelligent Information Laboratory are working on a project that creates customized newscasts, read by online avatars based on individual preferences. The program called 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 artificial anchors for presentation.

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