AAAI Publications, Eighth Artificial Intelligence and Interactive Digital Entertainment Conference

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Reaching Cognitive Consensus with Improvisational Agents
Rania Adel Hodhod, Brian Magerko

Last modified: 2012-10-07


A common approach to interactive narrative involves imbuing the computer with all of the potential story pre-authored story experiences (e.g. as beats, plot points, planning operators, etc.). This has resulted in an accepted paradigm where stories are not created by or with the user; rather, the user is given piecemeal access to the story from the gatekeeper of story knowledge: the computer (e.g. as an AI drama manager). This article describes a formal process that provides for the equal co-creation of story-rich experiences, where neither the user nor computer is in a privileged position in an interactive narrative. It describes a new formal approach that acts as a first step for the real-time co-creation of narrative in games that rely on the negotiated shared mental model between a human actor and an AI improv agent.


Digital improvisation; shared mental models; situational calculus

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