Autonomous Robots as Performing Agents

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.

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