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Piotr Mirowski

Piotr Mirowski

Improbotics

Piotr's lectures

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Piotr Mirowski · ICCC'20

Rosetta Code: Improv in any language

Rosetta Code provides improv theatre performers with artificial intelligence (AI)-based technology to perform shows understandable across many different languages. We combine speech recognition, improv chatbots and language translation tools to enable improvisers to communicate with each other while being understood—or comically misunderstood—by multilingual audiences. We describe the technology underlying Rosetta Code, detailing the speech recognition, machine translation, text generation and text-to-speech subsystems. We then describe scene structures that feature the system in performances in multilingual shows (9 languages). We provide evaluative feedback from performers, audiences, and critics. From this feedback, we draw analogies between surrealism, absurdism, and multilingual AI improv. Rosetta Code creates a new form of language-based absurdist improv. The performance re- mains ephemeral and performers of different languages can express themselves and their culture while accommodating the linguistic diversity of audiences.

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Multiple speakers · ICCC'20

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