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Title: Narrative Intelligence
Edited By: Michael Mateas
Phoebe Sengers
URL: http://www.benjamins.nl/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=AiCR_46

Narrative Intelligence (NI) - the confluence of narrative, Artificial Intelligence, and media studies - studies, models, and supports the human use of narrative to understand the world. This volume brings together established work and founding documents in Narrative Intelligence to form a common reference point for NI researchers, providing perspectives from computational linguistics, agent research, psychology, ethology, art, and media theory. It describes artificial agents with narratively structured behavior, agents that take part in stories and tours, systems that automatically generate stories, dramas, and documentaries, and systems that support people telling their own stories. It looks at how people use stories, the features of narrative that play a role in how people understand the world, and how human narrative ability may have evolved. It addresses meta-issues in NI: the history of the field, the stories AI researchers tell about their research, and the effects those stories have on the things they discover. (Series B)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Narrative Intelligence
Michael Mateas and Phoebe Sengers
Chapter 2. A Brief Overview of the Narrative Intelligence Reading Group
Marc Davis and Michael Travers
Part I: Human Narrative
Chapter 3. The Narrative Construction of Reality
Jerome S. Bruner
Chapter 4. Stories of Lemurs and Robots • The Social Origin of Story-Telling
Kerstin Dautenhahn
Chapter 5. Interactive Media for Kids: Ethics, Poetics, and Technology
Brenda Laurel
Chapter 6. We Are What We Tell: Designing Narrative Environments for Children
Marina Umaschi Bers
Part II: Story Generation
Chapter 7. The Dr. K • Project
Brandon Rickman
Chapter 8. The Recline of Black Velvet Flag: An ‘Intelligent’ System for Youth Culture Documentary
Sheldon Schiffer
Chapter 9. The Recombinant History Apparatus Presents: Terminal Time
Steffi Domike, Michael Mateas and Paul Vanouse
Chapter 10. Experiments with the Theatrical Greek Chorus as a Model for Interactions with Computational Narrative Systems
Carol Strohecker, Kevin M. Brooks and Larry Friedlander
Chapter 11. Assumptions Underlying the Erasmatron Storytelling System
Chris Crawford
Chapter 12. Story Grammars: Return of a Theory
R. Raymond Lang
Part III: Agents and Narrative
Chapter 13. Virtual Babyz: Believable Agents with Narrative Intelligence
Andrew Stern
Chapter 14. Web Guide Agents: Narrative Context with Character
Katherine Isbister and Patrick Doyle
Chapter 15. Agneta & Frida: Merging Web and Narrative?
Per Persson, Kristina Höök and Marie Sjölinder
Chapter 16. Schizophrenia and Narrative in Artificial Agents
Phoebe Sengers
Part IV: Analyzing the Stories we Tell
Chapter 17. Writing and Representation
Philip E. Agre
Chapter 18. Stories and Social Networks
Warren Sack

Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: John Benjamins
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