Narrating Artificial Daydreams, Memories, Reveries: Toward Scalable Intentionality in Expressive Artificial Intelligence Practice

Critical Writing
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Literary fiction works are often driven by the emotions and personalities of their characters. In this project we explore such subjective human dimensions through a text-based computational narrative work centered on the notions of daydreams, memories, brief reveries – hallmarks of literature invoking stream-of-consciousness techniques. As central to our work, we present the novel notion of "scales of intentionality," techniques allowing user interaction to vary the narration of a character's intentionality and agency within a story world. This notion allows our work to exist simultaneously as a critical technical practice and an expressive cultural production.

(Source: Authors' abstract, 2008 ELO Conference)

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Scott Rettberg