#5: Real-Time Scheduling of Hamlet’s Fate in Indie Game “Elsinore”

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AI researcher and indie game developer Kristin Siu talks about the real-time scheduling technology that is driving the indie game Elsinore. The premise is that you’re playing Ophelia, a minor character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and she has ability to loop in time Groundhog’s Day style to learn about the stream of cause and effects that lead to tragedy. Events are …

#4: Interactive Storytelling Pioneer Michael Mateas on Balancing Authorial Control with Generative AI

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Michael Mateas is a co-director of UC Santa Cruz’s Expressive Intelligence Studio, which explores the balance between storytelling authored by humans and possibility spaces generated by AI technologies. The program emphasizes creating gaming experiences like Bad News and Prom Week which integrate cutting-edge AI technologies. The experiences that come out of the Expressive Intelligence Studio are pushing the boundaries of …

#3: Hard Problems in AI: Pronoun Disambiguation, Knowledge Representation, & Handling Noisy Data

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AI researcher Leora Morgenstern talks about some hard problems in AI including pronoun disambiguation, knowledge representation, and creating AI solutions in the enterprise with incomplete data. She started her career in academia, but then realized that the problems in the real world had noisy data that provided additional challenges for AI that needed to be solved. Morgenstern was the lead …

#2: Modeling Social Dynamics in Gaming with Ben Samuel

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Ben Samuel talks about his “social physics” engine that drives the social dynamics within his indie game Prom Week where you’re able to guide interactions between high school students in a social simulation during the week leading up to prom. The engine models bidirectional relationships, unidirectional social networks, personality traits, ephemeral status, cultural facts knowledge, and a history of social …

#1: The Landscape of Artificial Intelligence with Rao Kambhampati

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AAAI President¬†Rao Kambhampati provides an overview of the landscape of artificial intelligence. Kambhampati was the general chair for 2016 International Joint Conference for Artificial Intelligence, which is the oldest running AI conference that is focused on fostering collaboration between the different AI disciplines. This is the inaugural episode of the Voices of AI podcast, and it covers a lot of …