It appears that Pat Kenny, the cybernetic organism that was recently bought by Newstalk to add to their broadcasting schedule, may not actually be compatible with the stations software, placing the entire move in jeopardy.
Pat Kenny was a marvel of technology when he started out many years ago, showcasing to the world just how human a robot could actually become. But he’s never had any of his hardware or software updated over the years and this looks like it could spell disaster for his move to Newstalk.
A lot of Kenny’s systems don’t appear to be compatible with Newstalks, but the main issue appears to be the fact that Kenny runs on an old analogue system that can’t be picked up at all by Newstalk’s digital recorders and broadcasting software.
When we spoke to tech expert Greg Thompson he explained to us where the problem lies between analogue and digital:
With an analogue tape recorder, the original sound wave is taken directly from the mic and recorded as a wave on the tape. It can then be amplified back through the speakers. With digital, the sound is sampled at certain intervals – a CD is sample at 44,000 times per second – and then stored as numbers. These numbers are then turned into voltage waves to reproduce the sound. Unfortunately, analogue just cant suddenly become a digital system.
It appears that the only large digits Pat Kenny is able to process are the large ones involved with his salary and nothing else.
To get Kenny on the air, Newstalk may have to completely upgrade all of his hardware and software in what could be an extremely expensive reboot.
Pat Kenny 2.0 may be needed first before Newstalk will ever be able to get him on the waves and that may take far longer and cost much more than initially expected.
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