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Author(s): Walter Bender; Pascal Chesnais
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Paper Abstract

Over the past several years, the Electronic Publishing Group at the MIT Media Laboratory has been conducting a family of media experiments which explore a new kind of broadcast: the distribution of data and computer programs rather than pre-packaged material. This broadcast is not directed to a human recipient, but to a local computational agent acting on his behalf. In response to instructions from both the broadcaster and the reader, this agent selects from the incoming data and presents it in a manner suggestive of traditional media. The embodiment of these media experiments is a news retrieval system where the news editor has been replaced by the personal computer. A variety of both local and remote databases which operate passively as well as interac-tively are accessed by "reporters." These "reporters" are actually software interfaces, which are programmed to gather news. Ideally, they are "broadcatching"; that is to say, watching all broadcast television channels, listening to all radio transmissions, and reading all newspapers, magazines, and journals. 1 A possible consequence of the synthesis of media through active processing is the merger of newspapers and television (figure 1). The result is either a newspaper with illustrations which move 2 or, conversely, print as television output. The latter is the theme of Network Plus.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 May 1988
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0900, Imaging Applications in the Work World, (11 May 1988); doi: 10.1117/12.944693
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Walter Bender, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory (United States)
Pascal Chesnais, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0900:
Imaging Applications in the Work World
Ronald J. Clouthier; Gary K. Starkweather; Andrew G. Tescher; Thomas L. Vogelsong, Editor(s)

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