A new medium is arising for story-telling, media consumption, and learning
A novel sometimes feels like a film, capturing the reader’s imagination with the power of words. A film brings stories to the screen as an intense visual feast. A game combines powerful visual sensations with adventure, while relinquishing some control to the user. Bringing AI avatars into the VR/AR world will create a new form of media, one which leverages the strengths of each of these existing media formats. The creation of this new, immersive medium will be highly interdisciplinary, involving a crew of writers, film directors, graphic designers, musicians, subject experts, game developers, and AI engineers.
A new Harry Potter story from J. K. Rowling will not only be written and edited as a book, but as a virtual world with intelligent, interactive characters. Readers will be able to visualize all the details of the book and experience the story, not simply as an observer, but as the protagonist. Stories will become a fusion of words, sensations, moving imagery and active participation.
Visiting the Louvre Museum, tourists will be accompanied by an AI avatar tour guide that escorts them throughout the exhibition. No longer will we need to read non-engaging text descriptions on the walls, but instead, the painters themselves, the painted characters, and even physical objects will come to life through our AR glasses and phones, narrating their stories for us to learn. Learning will become fun and interactive - from museums to the classroom and beyond!