Karl R. Wurst and Robert McCartney
We are developing autonomous robots whose purpose is to perform for an audience. Computer-based actors have typically been virtual, screen-based characters with no physical presence. Our actors combine techniques from artificial intelligence, robotics and puppetry - a mixture we term puppotlcs. Each of these actors is an autonomous agent with its own processor. They act out their parts, communicating among themselves, with a director and with their audience.