The show and part of the talk were recorded and you can refer to the slides for the details of how the AI behind A.L.Ex was built: a neural network trained on a processed version of OpenSubtitles, with a robot avatar from EZ-Robot, some improv lessons given by playing with an AI and the complexity of the actor’s work according to Stanislavski’s System.
I (Piotr) had the honour to be interviewed by Holly Bartolo for The Phoenix Remix (Comedy, Music and everything else in between). Our discussion was about building the artificial intelligence behind A.L.Ex, handling technical disasters on stage, finding inspiration in public solitude and inspiration from excited friends, my ongoing collaboration and ambitious projects with Kory Mathewson and the growing UK improv scene.
Find out more in the full interview.
Albert is back to the drawing board and to intensive coding, slightly modifying the software to make it hardware fault-resilient and adding unit tests to ensure that he can reliably communicate with A.L.Ex when the computer is backstage.
These software enhancements will prove vital for the success of the AI improvisation project, and will be demonstrated in the upcoming shows and performances:
- Tuesday, 13 December 2016, at “It Takes Two”, an evening of two-provs at the Wenlock and Essex, starting at 8pm.
- Thursday, 15 December 2016, at The Nursery‘s Thursday Night Lights Improv+Jam, starting at 8pm.
- Wednesday, 11 January 2017, at the Parentheticals‘ Bracket Racket, with guest act Talking Dog, at the Star of Kings.
- Friday, 3 February 2017, as one of the artistic performances during the Late Events on Robotics at the British Academy. The theme of this specific event, starting at 6:30pm, will be: “Love, sex and marriage… with a robot?”.
- Monday, 20 March 2017, at the weekly Duck Duck Goose improv jam, at the Effra Social in Brixton and starting at 8pm.
In addition to these upcoming shows, Albert and A.L.Ex have several festival applications under review, as well as a keynote at a major developer conference in Paris in preparation.
Albert and A.L.Ex will be back on stage at the Miller Pub on 16 November at 8pm, participating in the Hoopla Launch Pad. Albert is busy debugging A.L.Ex in preparation of the show.
Update: the show ultimately went well and initial technical glitches were overcome! Albert and A.L.Ex were proud to share the stage with Jack Left Town, Joaquin and Gillian Make Folk Music from Improvessional, Two of Wands, The Neasden Rotary Club, ABOB, Charlie V Martin as Eve and Talking Dog.