Wednesday, October 25, 2006


I have been faring poorly in my pledge to increase posting frequency on this blog, and must do better. A mega-uber value reader alerts me to coverage of a Northwestern University project called News at Seven in NewScientist. Here's where it all comes together - entirely personalized text, audio and video content culled from RSS feeds and other sources, edited, transformed to natural speech and delivered by a virtual character. It's intriguing to think about what else could eventually be fed into such an update, for instance virtual life management things like, "In other news, you have two Skype voicemails, three friend requests from MySpace, a couple of unsavoury-looking people hanging around your virtual boutique in Second Life, and your guild is getting an ass-whoopin' in World of Warcraft."