Storytelling Engines

Storytelling Engines are computer programs that manipulate media objects based on their knowledge of content, rules for story progression, and potential for audience interaction. They can be designed to configure a presentation on-the-fly (selecting one material at a time), or they can be designed to select, assemble, and present a composite stream of scenes. Example engines include: ConTour, a system that uses the principle of a spreading activation network combined with positive-to-negative keyword weightings to locate the next relevant content segment; and Agent Stories, a system that assembles a story presentation based on the preferred characteristics of a storytelling agent.