The Infinite Adventure Machine

31.08.11 | ONGOING | London

TIAM is a proposal for a computer program which generates fairy-tale plots.
While fully automatic story generation remains an unsolved problem for computer science, this project explores the links between imagination and computation. Tales and myths; the core narratives of human culture, have been transmitted for generations through various technologies and media. What new forms might they take through digital formats and Artificial Intelligence?
Based on the work of Vladimir Propp, who reduced the structure of russian folk-tales to 31 basic functions, TIAM aims to question the limitations and implications of attempts at programming language and narrative.
Because the program is unable to deliver a finished story, rather only a crude synopsis and illustrations, users have to improvise, filling the gaps with their imagination and making up for the technology’s shortcomings.

Research Blog

Commissioned by:
Microsoft Research, Cambridge UK
Microsoft Office Team
Design Interactions, Royal College of Art, London UK
as part of the Future of Writing project

all rights reserved © David Benqué


The Future of Writing
Creative Applications
We Make Money Not Art
Boing Boing
Fast Company
La Feuille – Le Monde Blogs

Transnatural at NEMO
– Amsterdam 2012
Electric Bookshop
– Edinburgh Science Fest. 2012
ACM Multimedia
– Scottsdale AZ 2011
Glitch Fiction
– Paris Design Week 2011