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Friday, October 23 • 3:30pm - 4:45pm
Amii Presents: Improbotics, an AI Improv Theatre Performance

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Improbotics is a tech-infused improvised theatre and comedy show, and a live Turing test-based scientific experiment.

Co-created by robotics researchers Piotr Mirowski (UK/France/Poland) and Kory Mathewson (Canada), as well as drama director Jenny Elfving (Sweden) and science communicator Ben Verhoeven (Belgium), Improbotics combines AI and comedy in a unique way.

The show features A.L.Ex. (the Artificial Language Experiment), the first artificial improvisor which uses advanced natural language processing and machine learning. A.L.Ex. “performs” in the show, becoming one of the troupe as it sends its lines to one of the improvisers via an earpiece. The performer then attempts to physically and emotionally justify AI-generated lines that hopefully make sense. Each performance draws suggestions from the audience, making every show one of a kind.

Improbotics has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, RTÉ One, Global News Canada and Bloomberg.

  • Kory Matthewson (Ph.D. in Computing Science at Amii/University of Alberta)
  • Piotr Mirowski (Ph.D. in Computing Science at New York University)
  • Rapid Fire Theatre’s top improvisers – Matt Schuurman, Sydney Campbell, Marguerite Lawler, and Julian Faid

Improbotics is presented by Rapid Fire Theatre

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Friday October 23, 2020 3:30pm - 4:45pm MDT
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