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Improvising droids

发布时间:2019-03-07 13:03:02来源:未知点击:

Robot luvvies are taking to the stage. Given only basic acting classes and no script, two robotic actors entertained the American Association for Artificial Intelligence conference (www.aaai.org/Conferences/National/1999/aaai-iaai99.html) recently by performing improvised sketches, carried out in the highly strung style of… Bert and Ernie from Sesame Street. The idea was to get the robots to deliver believable, human-like dialogue within a dramatic context. The robots were put in a husband-and-wife scenario with only the broadest of instructions—he should try to leave her and she should try to stop him. He had to offer a number of lame excuses to leave while she attempted to get him to stay. The dialogue ran thus: Guy droid: “I need to go out and work late at the office. Yeah, at the office, that’s it.” Girl droid: “How can you leave me when my mother is on her death bed?” Guy droid: “That’s why I’m leaving you.” More EastEnders and Neighbours standard than Friends or Frasier, so perhaps British and Aussie scriptwriters should be watching their backs. If robot improv leaves you cold, the Web can teach you a few role-playing improvisation techniques to help you on the road to spontaneity. Try www.lowrent.net/improv/games.html to start with. And gen up on improv lingo at http://ece.uwaterloo.ca:80/~broehl/improv/glossary.html If you can’t join them, insult them. After all, where would improv be without a bit of heckling? But if you find yourself lost for words, dip into http://members.aol.com/WordPlays/insultfp.html for some celebrated celebrity insults. Desperate for an audience, but even friends and family won’t humour your humour? Download a chat package to talk with Erin at www.extempo.com/characters/erin.html. She’s a virtual bartender at an online watering hole who will “listen” no matter how bad your jokes are. More on these topics: