Times Techie and Barbara Iverson Share a Vision of the Future of News

Nick Bilton, an editor in the New York Times research and development lab, was interviewed in Wired.com and he talked about things that seem so logical and reasonable, I loved it. Why not have an avatar send a copy of a personalized newspaper to my e-paper or even print it out in Starbucks? Jason Epstein, who started Penquin books after WII had a similar idea about just-in-time printing years ago. Why can’t someone figure out how to have my email on one device, let all my other devices know if I’ve read it already? And as a commuter on public transportation, how else will I read most of my news except on a mobile screen?

McLuhan observed (warned?) us that we look at the past through a rearview mirror. If anything in this story seems futuristic to you, think again. Some of these ideas have been percolating around since 1998…last century…that is.

…smart content, smart sensors, avatars reading the news to you from your television and even interactive newspaper boxes that print out a personalized paper and automagically orders your customary drink at a nearby Starbucks.

That means Bilton is thinking of a world where traditional news stories show up on little mobile screens, laptops, e-book readers and television screens.

“If I start reading something on my laptop, why should I see it on my phone if I’ve already read it?,” Bilton asked, pointing to one of problems he wants to fix.

via Times Techie Envisions the Future of News | Epicenter from Wired.com.

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