“Artificial,” the first scripted series developed for Twitch, focuses on Sophie, an artificial intelligence being created by Dr. Matt Lin. With Twitch’s interactive elements and live-streaming capabilities, viewers are able to engage with the characters and alter the narrative of the series through polls, Q&A, and suggestions in the comments. Created by Bernie Su, the co-creator of “The Lizzie Bennet Diaries,” “Artificial” is a one-of-a-kind web series that pushes the boundaries of the format by allowing its audience to shape the series however they see fit. “Artificial” makes great use of the platform’s participatory nature to inform the kind of character Sophie becomes as the show progresses. Designed to be broadcast as a semi-scripted live-stream, “Artificial” blurs the lines between what is real and what is not. While Sophie attempts to pass the Turing Test, the real experiment is how modern audiences choose to interact with this inventive series.
PRIMARY PRODUCTION CREDITS
Creators: Bernie Su, Evan Mandery. Written by: Bernie Su, Evan Mandery, Jen Enfield-Kane, Yvonne Hana Yi. Executive Producers: Bonnie Buckner, Michael Y. Chow, Ken Kalopsis, Evan Mandery, Bernie Su. Editor: Keitha Johnson. Talent: Tiffany Chu, Tohoru Masamune, Rex Bressler, Sara Montez, Alexandra Chun, Connor Kalopsis. Cinematography: Allen E. Ho.