Election night coverage has been the leading edge of computerized decision support since November 4, 1952. That election a computer application was used to assist in predicting the U.S. Presidential voting results. The fifth UNIVAC computer built was programmed by Remington-Rand (UNIVAC division) staff to analyze the partial results in order to anticipate the outcome (cf., Power, 2006).
Next Tuesday, November 4, 2008, CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer will conduct holographic interviews with people at remote sites. The person being interviewed will be projected as a three-dimensional hologram. Supposedly it will appear to TV viewers that the person is in the studio with Wolf. How it will appear to Wolf and the person being interviewed is uncertain.
The USA Today story (10/30/2008) notes "CNN will have 44 cameras and 20 computers in each remote location to capture 360-degree imaging data of the person being interviewed. Images are processed and projected by computers and cameras in New York. There'll also be plasma TVs in Chicago and Phoenix that will let the people being interviewed see Blitzer and other CNN correspondents. Bohrman says the network can project two different views from each city so Blitzer can appear to be in the studio with two holograms."
I will be watching.
Baig, E. and J. Swartz, "Election-night news to co-star latest technology," USAToday, October 30, 2008,
URL http://www.usatoday.com/tech/products/2008-10-29-election-presidential-technology-cnn_N.htm .
Power, D., What was the first computerized decision support system (DSS)? DSS News, Vol. 7, No. 27, December 31, 2006, URL http://dssresources.com/faq/index.php?action=artikel&id=133.
Posted October 30, 2008 10:11 AM
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