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Bernie Su (‘Artificial’ creator) on letting the audience decide the fate of an A.I. in Twitch interactive series [Exclusive Video Interview]

Bernie Su (‘Artificial’ creator) on letting the audience decide the fate of an A.I. in Twitch interactive series [Exclusive Video Interview]

“We try to build the audience into our show as much as we can,” says “Artificial” creator Bernie Su, “meaning that the audience gets to decide and sway a lot of plot deviations in the story.” Watch our exclusive video interview with Su above.

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“Artificial,” which Su co-created with Evan Mandery, is a scripted and interactive science-fiction series about an A.I. (Tiffany Chu) learning how to be human. Because it is presented live, audiences get to directly influence the story through comments and polls, to often surprising results. It is the first original program on Twitch, which is primarily a gaming platform.

“It’s all participatory narrative,” explains Su. “We like to call this the collective narrative experience.” An at times the audience polls can have “longstanding consequences to the show.” For instance, in a scene where the A.

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