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New artificial intelligence writes choose-your-own-adventure games – CNET

An artificial intelligence called Scheherazade crowdsources data to put together plots for interactive stories.

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One of my former digital marketing instructors, Augustine Fou, posted this on LinkedIn, and I had to share this as well. 


It’s cool to read about developing AI (articificial intelligence). This development as described is fascinating to me. However, I think there are questions here that pertain to technical communicators that need to be asked, even if they are no answers to them just yet. 


The first thing that came to my mind was the age-old question of, "Does this mean that writers are eventually going to be replaced altogether?"  The system described in the article still has a foundation built on content written by humans, so I think we’re safe for a little while longer.  


My second question was how this actually could be applied for help-based content. Much of technical content–especially help content–is related to hypertext theory. (For more info on hypertext theory, read this: studied quite a bit about hypertext theory in grad school, and one course in particular jumped back into my memories as I read this article, and saw how this AI is directly related to the use of hypertext theory. 


The third question I had related to translation and localization. As AI learns to develop different stories and curates content from everywhere, how does it ensure that the content is appropriate and translated correctly? While machines are getting better, some human intervention still is needed as we progress. 


What do you think of this new AI? Include your comments below. 


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Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who currently employed at Cox Automotive, Inc., and freelances as her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, BASF North America, Merck, and Deloitte, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog,, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. She is very active in the STC, as a former chapter president for the STC-Philadelphia Metro Chapter, and is currently serving on three STC Board committees. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog. All content is the owner's opinions, and does not reflect those of her employers past or present.

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