February 14

Giving Robots a Life: Writing Personality and Backstory for AI Assistants

Interactive media and games increasingly pervade and shape our society. In addition to their dominant roles in entertainment, videogames play growing roles in education, arts, science and health. These talks bring together a diverse set of experts to provide interdisciplinary perspectives on these media regarding their history, technologies, scholarly research, industry, artistic value and potential future. As the speakers and title suggest, the series also provides a topical lens for the diverse aspects of our lives.

Join us TUESDAY’S From January 10th until March 14th from 12pm-1pm in the McMurtry Art & Art History Building, Oshman Presentation Space, Room 102.

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Also listed as one-unit course BIOE196. For more information contact Ingmar@stanford.edu

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Elizabeth Arredondo AI Conversations Panel Series

Elizabeth Arredondo, Giving Robots a Life: Writing Personality and Backstory for AI Assistants. The recent explosion in artificial intelligence has led to a demand for writers who can create the “personalities” that accompany AI tools. As the Washington Post recently put it, “[b]ehind Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana are not just software engineers. Increasingly, there are poets, comedians, fiction writers, and other artistic types charged with engineering the personalities for a fast-growing crop of artificial intelligence tools.” Elizabeth Arredondo is among the small but growing group of writers working at the intersection of creative writing and artificial intelligence. Her talk will cover her real-world experiences developing and user-testing the personality and conversations for a robot wellness coach, including how she leverages her background as a television writer.

Elizabeth Arredondo is a writer working in television and interactive media. After earning her MFA from University of Southern California’s Writing for Screen & Television program, Elizabeth wrote on staff for Cold Case on CBS, and Monstress for HBO Max. In the realm of artificial intelligence, Elizabeth created the personality, backstory, and conversational voice for Mabu, a robotic healthcare coach. Elizabeth further explored the intersection of character creation and artificial intelligence as a Visiting Scholar with mediaX at Stanford University where she developed and moderated a series of panel discussions centered around creating interactions between AI personalities and users.