Story telling is changing

You still need to start off with a script.

But even that script is changing. When I record a video selfie am I not just telling a story who’s script is my video diary? Me telling you about my day?

I did a test — comparing the two ways that Facebook allows you to create a “story.” I compared telling the same story with Facebook and with Messenger.

I’ve realized that story telling tools need to go beyond commenting and engage with Content interactively — where the Content viewer/reader can add their own “two cents” and machine learning and intelligence can play a part in the story.

Its the birth of AI story telling. Or AI Blogging. Or stories that have AI. Or maybe its “Telling a story with AI.” Where the AI can absorb story viewers into its cortext. Where the intelligence and collected interaction with the readers becomes part of the conversation/story?

Oh shit — my head hurts.

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Some conversations are about one story. One set of characters, one Topic or Theme. But some go beyond this simple approach and create a layered effect of time, topic and message.

Imagine if we could use software technology and machine learning to keep track of the persistent elements of a Story — such as Mythology or backstory timeline?

Imagine if our conversations had Memories — which would store decisions, answers, paths, statements, vote tallies or recorded events?

Imagine if interactive conversations could tap into this memory — revealing first girlfriends, milestone life events or previous places you’ve been — as part of the story?

Or maybe my story is interrupted with a reminder of just “WHO this Bot is — and what hardships and swords she fell on — to make the world a better place?”

Imagine if viewers/readers of the conversation could understand the context and state of a ‘smart conversation’ — and view the current Topic being discussed, it’s local and global Memory or current Vocabulary of what our AI will understand?

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Will anyone care that all this is possible?

Not if its too hard to create!

Perhaps I should step back a bit. The conversations I’m talking about are inside a Mesaging UI. The story telling that’s unveiling itself to the reader is coming from a Bot — that’s utilizes video, music or animation — just as easily as a kid navigates and controls a smartphone today.

And the authoring interface — the way that the human creates the story — is done via media.

Media is natural and intrinsic to the Bot. It understands media really well. It treats the data digitized by a camera or microphone just as it treats your location, tramsactions or text input. You can do a LOT with media input — and that’s really easy for humans to do.

Humans talk, convince, jump around, rant, rap, explain, walk, animate, laugh, sing, act out, act like a monkey — or practically anything. Anything that can be done in front of a camera with a microphone is what media is……

Bots can tell stories with media by mixing and matching text to a video to some music back to text and then show another video. Its a Bot born of the Remix Culture.

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Stories don’t always have to be linear, simple or be limited to just commenting as a way for others to interact.

Stories can be told by Bots — which interact with each reader/viewer — differently.

‘Cause after all — not all humans are the same — why should Bots be?

BTW these Bots can also be multi-lingual — but that’s for another fantasy.

Nw imagine if this Bot was your Personal Bot.

Marc CanterComment