Procedural generation is no stranger to narrative media like video games. But it’s especially compelling (and creepy) in podcast form.
Ph.D. student James Ryan is the creator of Sheldon County, a podcast that’s generated and hosted by artificial intelligence. As a programmer, Ryan sets the rules of this “universe”—character traits, geographic parameters—and then algorithms simulate the story based on a random number generator. That story is then told to you, the listener, with an artificial voice. And no two stories are exactly alike.
This week on 2 Girls 1 Podcast, Alli and Jen (actors who perform weird internet stuff on stage) talk to Ryan about this fascinating experiment, what it means for the future of entertainment, and whether a creepy AI voice will put them out of work.
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