Entertainment for you, and only for you
I was interested to read about Sheldon County
, a podcast that is generated automatically for each listener. No two listeners will ever get the same experience, from what is essentially a giant spreadsheet and a text-to-speech generator, coupled with some clever code to make it all make (some kind of) sense.
Will we ever prefer these kinds of variable media to traditionally 'authored’ experiences, where everyone watches and hears exactly the same thing?
There’s a long way to go, but I think there’s a definite role for things like Sheldon County in the future. Despite being different for everyone, the code that creates it is still 'authored’ by a human. Just like video games, even if we don’t get exactly the same out of this kind of media, it can still be an enriching, shared experience.
Will a future Spielberg or Tarantino be a coder?