Andrew Stern
Cofounder, playabl.ai
Biography
Andrew Stern is an innovator in the design and engineering of personality-rich virtual characters and interactive stories. He is currently the Cofounder of Playabl (playabl.ai), a startup aiming to bring products and technologies for conversational characters and interactive drama games to market.

From 2012 to 2015, Stern designed and engineered lifelike interactive characters as part of DARPA’s Strategic Social Interactions ("Good Stranger") Program, a $37M effort to prototype a training system for police and military to use less force when interacting with civilians. In 2005, he cocreated the interactive drama Façade, described as "the future of video games" by the New York Times, and in 2008 he founded Portland-based studio Stumptown Game Machine. Stern has presented work at conferences on AI, interactive art, artificial life, and digital games.
Andrew Stern
Cofounder, playabl.ai
SPEAKER FILM
Andrew Stern — The Ground Rules for AI Storytelling
Andrew Stern — The Ground Rules for AI Storytelling

Andrew Stern has created several of the most successful AI storytelling experiences ever made, but he is also keenly aware of artificial intelligence’s limitations.

Stern enumerates the challenges that await storytellers eager to create next-level AI experiences, and suggests some guidelines for how we should think about creating stories in which computers are participating in the narrative. The challenge for the storytellers will be to create broad parameters for the narrative that maintain the creator’s voice while also leaving room for the AI characters to organically inform the story. Stern compares AI intelligence to a troupe of improv actors who adhere to a specific story prompt, but are set free to interpret it in unexpected ways.