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Telling stories with machines

Telling stories with machines

[music] You know, sometimes I think in Spanish, and
sometimes I think in English, which I think, even though Spanish for example, has different
grammatical structures than English, we still break down things in the way. And you still think about things in the same
way. And you know, storytelling is really universal. My name is Jennifer Madiedo. I am from South Florida, coming from a Colombian
family. I’m currently a senior studying 6-3, which
is computer science, with a minor in music. [music] They say that music is the language for everyone,
because no matter what language you speak, you understand music. And I’ve come to realize computers, and computer
science are very similar. [music] This idea of how important computers are and
how we can write these languages that can make them do really incredible things spans
way more than the languages we speak or where we come from. [music] My SuperUROP project came about from a class
I took by Professor Winston, who’s actually my supervisor. He believes that all humans learn through
stories, and through storytelling, and all our interactions are us telling each other
stories and then internally processing through our own inner storytelling. I’m very interested in how people can be so
swayed in one direction or another. And so my project focused around persuasion. Genesis, the storytelling program that I use
reads a story and processes it internally, and so it can understand relations between
characters. We’re trying to almost make it self-aware. You can ask it questions, for example, and
it’ll tell you why it thinks certain things. And can tell it, “I want to put a positive
spin, for example, on this character. One of the best ways I have of doing that,
which is actually one that I see used a lot in politics is relating two people to each
other. What I would hope this program could do is
that it could be used for important things like maybe relating messaging to a certain
population or to a certain group of people, so that they feel more connected to it, and
they feel that it is more impactful to them. [music] I was kind of so excited that this new initiative
is called, “The College of Computing”, and not of “Computer Science”, because I feel
like you don’t need to be a computer scientist to be able to work in this area. Computers and just the capabilities that they
bring are not limited to computer science. They impact every single field in the world. They’re impacting medicine, they’re impacting
the humanities, you know, they’re impacting business, computer science. [music and background talking] I just think it’s like such an exciting time
to be involved in it. Even if you don’t feel like you’re a computer
scientist, like, we want you to get involved just so you can see what you can make of the field and how you can use it in the thing’s you’re working with. [music]

13 thoughts on “Telling stories with machines

  1. Lol! Holy crap! She is basically saying that she's hopeful that she can reach the next step in generating more effective propaganda!

  2. This video was heart touching and awe inspiring. I'm going to be either a physicist or molecular biologist in the next ten years. Regardless of the confusion, I'm certain that I'm going to be multilingual in the sense that I would speak languages of mathematics, computer science, cell biology and genetics to unravel the secrets of nature.

    I didnt get there for my bachelor's degree but I surely am going there for my PhD.

  3. Ah…The joy of studying in a temple of knowledge. Why did I have to be born in a third world dumpyard ?!?!😭😭

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