Dramatic characters are deeply woven into how we use storytelling to make sense of the world. Thus, a character's measure of success is simultaneously clear and brutal. Nothing matters, I repeat nothing else matters unless a character is believable.
That's been a challenge understood by playwrights, poets, authors and screenwriters since day one. But it's new territory for software developers and technologists, who are trying to build chatbots and other virtual assistants powered by artificial intelligence.
Keith and I examine AI-powered characters through a little robot named Cozmo.