Phoebe Sengers


Jury Member and Artist

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Title: Schizophrenia and Narrative in Artificial Agents
Writing Type: Paper
Exhibition: SIGGRAPH 2001: n-space
Abstract Summary:

In recent years, computer graphics has turned to AI techniques in order to simplify the problem of modeling moving objects for rendering.’·19.2′ By modeling the minds of graphically represented creatures, their movements can be directed automatically through
AI algorithms and need not be directly controlled by the designer. But what kind of baggage do these AI algorithms bring with
them? Here I will argue that predominant AI approaches to modeling agents result in behavior that is fragmented, depersonalized,
lifeless, and incomprehensible. Drawing inspiration from narrative psychology and anti-psychiatry, I will argue that agent behavior
should be narratively understandable and present an agent architecture that structures behavior to be comprehensible as narrative.

The approach I take in this essay is a hybrid of critical theory and Al agent technology. It is one example of a critical technical practice ‘: a cultural critique of Al practice instantiated in a technical innovation. In the final section of this paper, I will describe the theoretical and practical foundations of the critical technical practice pursued here, which I term socially situated Al.

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