News At Seven
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 an
artificial anchor for presentation. Using the resources present on the web, the system goes beyond
the straight text of the news stories to also retrieve relevant images and blogs with commentary on
the topics to be presented.
Once it has assembled and edited its material, News At Seven presents it to the audience using a
graphical game engine and text-to-speech (TTS) technology in a manner similar to the nightly news
watched regularly by millions of Americans. The result is a cohesive, compelling performance that
successfully combines techniques of modern news programming with features made by possible only by
the fact that the system is, at its core, completely virtual.