When Robots Tell Each Other Stories: The Emergence of Artificial Fiction
This chapter outlines a proposal for an embodied computational model of storytelling, using robots. If it could be built, the model would open the possibility for experimental demonstration and investigation of how simple narrative might emerge from interactions with the world and then be shared, as stories, with others. The core proposition of this chapter is that in such a system we would have a practical synthetic model of robot-robot storytelling. That model might then be used to experimentally explore a range of interesting questions, for example on narrative-based social learning or the relationship between the narrative self and shared narrative.
The title of this chapter is a quote from the late Richard Gregory. In 2006 when discussing the possibility of emergent robot culture with the author, Richard Gregory declared: “when your robots start telling each other stories, then you’ll really be onto something”. The work of this chapter is partially funded by EPSRC grant reference EP/L024861/1.
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