We made this behind-the-scenes video to capture the backstory of Agence, a short “dynamic film” that blends A.I., storytelling, and interactivity together to create an ever-changing story world. A wonderful confluence of people, resources, concepts, and technologies came together to create this piece of innovation, and we hope that it is a culturally relevant contribution in the future development of virtual beings and artificial lifeforms.
We have defined this unique experience as a “dynamic film”, where the narrative is authored by three parties: 1) the filmmakers, who establish the narrative structure and environment, 2) intelligent Agents, using reinforcement learning or scripted (hierarchical state machines) AI, and 3) the viewer, who can interact with the system to affect the simulation. Through collaborative authorship we are able to drive emergent behaviour and storytelling with each viewing. In short, Agence allows for humans and intelligent machines to shape each other's experience.