Looks like J-school might become a thing of the past.
Katie Couric: you betta’ check yourself!
In their project, Vance is guided toward a news area — foreign events, say — and computers take over from there.
“Everything in there is automatic,” says project leader Kristian Hammond, co-director of the university’s intelligent information laboratory. “There’s not a single moment, from the begining to the end, of human intervention.”
The program scours the Web for an article that Alyx will read aloud on-screen through text-recognition technology that edits existing text for clarity, changing some passive verbs to active, for example. It then automatically inserts photos and video from related sites, along with a CBS News “Free Speech”-style segment that adds outside commentary from blogs, read aloud by a different “Half-Life” character.
So, what about us journos who really have no other skills and have forgotten how to carry the one when subtracting?
“Then again, in the world of technology, he said, “Everything puts everybody out of work, eventually.”
You can read more about your demise here.