Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson: “Say Anything: A Massively Collaborative Open Domain Story Writing Companion”

November 26, 2008 | Erfurt, Germany

Speaker: Andrew Gordon, Reid Swanson
Host: First International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling

Interactive storytelling is an interesting cross-disciplinary area that has importance in research as well as entertainment. In this paper we explore a new area of interactive storytelling that blurs the line between traditional interactive fiction and collaborative writing. We present a system where the user and computer take turns in writing sentences of a fictional narrative. Sentences contributed by the computer are selected from a collection of millions of stories extracted from Internet weblogs. By leveraging the large amounts of personal narrative content available on the web, we show that even with a simple approach our system can produce compelling stories with our users.