Storytelling in the Age of AI

A fireside chat with Mark Riedl on human-centered artificial intelligence.

Robot Hand by M.Levin, University of Washington, CC-BY 2.0 via Flickr.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


February 21, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Free; registration required

How will artificial intelligence be positioned at the center of the human experience?

In this fireside chat, Mark Reidl, Director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab, speaks with Paul Li, Teaching Professor of Cognitive Science at UC Berkeley, about artificial intelligence approaches to automated story generation and interactive storytelling.

The discussion will explore ethical implications of AI and the impact this technology might have on systems and societies. 

This event is organized in collaboration with InTeahouse.


6:30 – doors open
7:00 – discussion
7:40 – audience q&a
8:00 – networking
9:00 – doors close


Mark Riedl

Mark Riedl is an Associate Professor in the Georgia Tech School of Interactive Computing and director of the Entertainment Intelligence Lab. Mark’s research focuses on the intersection of artificial intelligence, virtual worlds, and storytelling. The principle research question Mark addresses through his research is: how can intelligent computational systems reason about and autonomously create engaging experiences for users of virtual worlds and computer games.

Mark’s primary research contributions are in the area of artificial intelligence approaches to automated story generation and interactive storytelling for entertainment, education, and training. Narrative is a cognitive tool used by humans for communication and sense-making. The goal of my narrative intelligence research is to discover new computational algorithms and models that can facilitate the development of intelligent computer systems that can reason about narrative in order to be better communicators, entertainers, and educators.

Paul Li

Paul Li is a teaching professor in cognitive science at UC Berkeley. He is the co-author of the textbook The Cognitive Sciences, and has written for Scientific American Mind, Psychology Today, and was employee number 2 at Lumosity, where he was the company’s first founding research scientist. He was recently an episode consultant for National Geographic Channel’s Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games.

He has been invited to teach at several universities, including Seoul National University, The Indian Institutes of Technology, and Stanford University. Paul received his graduate degree in neuroscience from Columbia University, New York.

Photo:Robot Hand” by M.Levin, University of Washington (UW News), CC-BY 2.0 via Flickr.