Computer Science Events

Sep 24

CS Tea Talk: Bad News: AI-Assisted Immersive Theater

Our featured speaker is James Ryan, Visiting Instructor in Computer Science.

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
4:00 – 4:45 pm / 4:00-4:45 pm / Via Zoom
CS Tea Talk Sept. 24

Bad News is an award-winning installation work that combines novel AI technologies and live improvisational acting into an emotionally charged interactive experience whose story and setting is uniquely generated by a computer program. Each 45-minute performance is an original work of immersive theater, produced for an audience of one by a human-and-machine troupe. Since its inception in 2015, Bad News has been mounted internationally, at venues including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Slamdance Film Festival, and IndieCade, where it won the 2016 Audience Choice award. Writing about the piece for Rolling Stone, Steven T. Wright remarked, "This marvel of procedural performance can only be played by a lucky few, and that's a crying shame." In this tea talk, I'll present an overview of the Bad News project, with special attention to the underlying technologies that make it possible.

CS Tea is taking place on Zoom this term. Sign up for the cs-interest mailing list to get the weekly link and join us via Zoom.

Sponsored by Computer Science Events. Contact: Paula Stowe