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West of Eden: Building Characters with Personality


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Lecture 3 in the 2018 IK course "Me, Myself and AI". Covers the bicameral theory of consciousness, character and plot development in narrative, character as destiny, automated story generation. Employs the TV show WestWorld as a source of talking points.

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West of Eden: Building Characters with Personality

  2. 2. MEMORY IMPROVIZATION SELF INTEREST ELIZA ELIZA can barely make it onto the very first level of the pyramid NO NO
  3. 3. SELF INTEREST PARRY Some MEMORY IMPROVIZATION Some PARRY, in contrast, has some claim to every level, albeit in a minimal guise.
  4. 4. I am sensitive to being called stupid or dumb. So a slow response to any question causes us SHAME.
  5. 5. This is MADNESS! I agree, as I’ve just realized .. … you are Me Too!
  6. 6. But hasn’t the bicameral theory been debunked? … but not as a model of machine cognition. As a theory of human cognition, perhaps …
  7. 7. Come now, Mr. Parry, release your memories and tell me a story.
  8. 8. There was a merchant in Baghdad who sent his servant to market to buy provisions and in a little while the servant came back, white and trembling, and said, Master, just now when I was in the market place I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when I turned I saw it was Death that jostled me. She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Now, lend me your horse, and I will ride away from this city and avoid my fate. I will go to Samarra and there Death will not find me. The merchant lent him his horse, and the servant mounted it, and he dug his spurs in its flanks and as fast as the horse could gallop he went. Then the merchant went down to the market place and he saw Me standing in the crowd and he came to me and said, Why did you make a threatening gesture to my servant when you saw him this morning? “That was not a threatening gesture,” I said, it was only a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra.
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