Thursday, April 14, 2011

Some G.O.F.A.I.

Schank proposed scripts for dinner parties, restaurant dining, and airports.  If we were to hope to formalize all of human experience we had better not need too many such scripts.  Gerard de Nerval "Having early desired to know the exact number of actions possible to the theater...found...twenty-four." (The thirty-six
dramatic situations, Georges Polti, The editor company, 1917)  Gozzi expanded this to 36 and Schiller and Goethe tried to find more but failed. Universal scripts based on Polti's list would include such things as:
loss,  misfortune/disaster,  pursuit,  obtaining,  imprudence,  ambition,  sacrifice,  rivalry some of which I know how to formalize as code.

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