February 23, 2007
This Just In… AI-Based Mashup at Seven
The work of AI-oriented Northwestern University grad students has been interesting for quite some time (1 2 3) — and here’s a new project to add to the list. Nate Nichols and Sara Owsley, in Kristian Hammond’s InfoLab, have created a system called News at Seven, that intelligently and autonomously combines news text, images and video from the Web, related commentary from the blogosphere, avatars from Half Life 2, speech synthesis, and broadcasting via YouTube, to create a daily short newscast. It’s an AI-based mashup.
Exploring the archives, I think they only recently tuned the system to create a tighter shot on the news anchor, which is a good thing. I kind of like the remote camera for their “blogosphere reporter”, a guy standing against throngs of bland voices in a snowy dystopian wasteland. (A somewhat harsh characterization of the blogosphere perhaps, and more a product of the limited number of avatars available in the Half Life 2 engine, but amusing nonetheless.)
Lots of interesting papers by this group to be found on their site.
February 25th, 2007 at 3:07 pm
Fascinating. Does this sort of re-use and modification of content fall within fair use provisions? I’m curious about the IP issues involved here (and with the mashing up and aggregation of feeds more generally) . . .
March 2nd, 2007 at 11:41 am
March 2, 2007
by andrew @ 11:41 am
Speaking of prolific Northwestern grad students, recent industry-hire and friend of […]