An artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) researchers can generate interactive narratives by reading and learning from stories written by human authors.
Scheherazade-IF was programmed to read several hundred stories about either going on a date to the movies or robbing a bank. The AI then used pattern recognition to ascribe importance to events in the stories, as well as learning that certain events tend to occur before others, to plot out a story map.
"Humans are pretty good storytellers and possess a lot of real-world knowledge," notes Georgia Tech professor Mark Riedl. "Scheherazade-IF treats a crowd of people as a massively distributed knowledge base from which to digest new information."
Scheherazade-IF's writing skills were tested by comparing it to a version of the system that produced random stories, and one that had a "perfect" script coded by a single human storyteller. The researchers then asked people to play the different versions and report how often the story lapsed into nonsense. In some cases, Scheherazade-IF's performance was comparable to the human-programmed version, and in other scenarios it did approximately 83 percent as well.
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