The performance of comedy by artificial intelligence agents

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Meany, Michael M (2014) The performance of comedy by artificial intelligence agents. PhD thesis, Victoria University.


The PhD project is composed of two parts: a creative project (thirty-five per cent of the total research project); and an exegesis (sixty-five per cent). The creative project employs a pair of chat-bots, natural language processing artificial intelligence agents, to act as comedian and straight-man in a comedy performance based on a topic supplied by the user in a web-based interface. This is an interdisciplinary project that draws on the domains of humour theory, creativity theory, creative writing, and human-computer interaction theory to illuminate the practice of comedy scriptwriting process in a new-media environment.

Item type Thesis (PhD thesis)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 0801 Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Historical > FOR Classification > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Keywords humour, scriptwriting, dramaturgy, ontology, epistemology, humour theory, creativity theory, artificial intelligence, Adobe Flash, Flash user interface, Web browser, creative projects, individual agents, agency, new media, computer-based conversational agents, computers as social actors
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