Tell Me a Story: A New Look at Real and Artificial Memory

Roger C. Schank, Author Scribner Book Company $19.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-684-19049-5
Artificial intelligence expert Schank and his team at Northwestern University are attempting to build machines that are ``interesting to talk to'' and also tell interesting stories. An outgrowth of his research, this often intriguing, if overstated probe reflects his belief that ``we are the stories we like to tell.'' In his view, human memory, intelligence and sense of self depend to a large extent on the telling and understanding of stories, stories of many varieties: invented, experiential, secondhand, official or culturally common. Too often, Schank believes, we see our lives in terms of preestablished stories that obscure our actual situation. Getting beyond the ``self-descriptive myths'' we learn from parents, teachers, friends and family members is a key to growth. Sifting the stories told by divorcees, presidential candidates and Tawana Brawley, and in ordinary conversation, Schank offers a different perspective on intelligence and the search for personal identity. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1991
Release date: 01/01/1991
Paperback - 253 pages - 978-0-8101-1313-8
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