Minstrel Remixed



Almost two decades ago, Scott R. Turner created MINSTREL, a program that could creatively manufacture cohesive stories without the need for human input. Although these stories contain diction akin to the writing of a child, they are nonetheless complex at many levels. MINSTREL was able to plan and achieve goals such as dramatic rise and fall, realistic human emotion, changing mental states, generation and followthrough with a final moral in mind, and generation of novel content. Unfortunately, MINSTREL is currently unavailable and was written in an old variant of LISP. Minstrel Remixed is an attempt to recreate MINSTREL using Scala. In addition to recreating MINSTREL, Minstrel Remixed attempts to surpass its predecessor in a handful of ways. Since Minstrel needs some sort of information to manipulate through its internal processes, it is limited by the size and variety of its internal libraries. We aim to allow users from the internet to generate information to enrich Minstrel's understanding of the world, allowing for rapid content generation and thus a quick growth in what Minstrel is able to come up with. In addition, since Minstrel Remixed runs much faster than the original, it is designed to accept user-generated story modifications.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Founcation under Grants No. 1048385 and 0747522. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

To download the latest version of Minstrel Remixed, go to http://minstrel.soe.ucsc.edu. If you have trouble getting it set up or want help applying it, please email us: batman@soe.ucsc.edu, pmawhorter@soe.ucsc.edu



Expressive Intelligence Studio


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Brandon Tearse

Peter Mawhorter



Michael Mateas

Noah Wardrip-Fruin


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Posted: Jul.30.2012