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A robot writer.

A professor at USC is trying to get computers to read and generate stories, while using the knowledge in those stories to become more intelligent.

Credit: Oliver Raw

University of Southern California professor Andrew Gordon, who leads the Narrative Group at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies, has a new project that involves getting computers to read and generate stories, using the knowledge in those stories to become more intelligent.

The project, called Heider-Simmel Interactive Theater, is a Web-based application that enables users to make their own movies and write their own stories using triangles. "This research is trying to solve a fundamental problem in human-computer interaction," Gordon says. "The end goal is to collect enough data to test and train our systems to recognize actions and narrative so that computers will tell stories that are as creative and compelling as the ones people are telling."

The researchers want to collect large volumes of data so the system can be tested and trained to recognize actions and motivations.

The project is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

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