Update: Chicago Public Radio piece on “News at Seven.”
In the “News at Seven” broadcast, avatars, not people, report the news. (It’s already gotten considerable press, but will launch a new beta version tomorrow, Monday, October 29th.)
Given my disdain for the broadcast medium, you can imagine the implications I draw from a nifty computer program that can generate video of avatars spitting out news stories. (Note to my broadcast buddies, I didn’t say I disdained the people or the reporting, just the medium).
That said, the avatars, in their present inception, do seem a poor substitute for real people.
Broadcasters, do you feel your job security is threatened?