The BBC is planning to rollout artificial-intelligence-enabled interactive radio content for the Amazon Echo And Google Home platforms. The UK public broadcaster has joined forces with audio specialist Rosina Sound and developed a ‘story engine’ that will enable listeners to decide what happens in the narrative at different junctures.
First up will be The Inspection Chamber, a comedy/science fiction broadcast which has been inspired by computer games such as The Stanley Parable and Papa Sangre (as well as by Franz Kafka and Douglas Adams).
The outcome of the 20-minute tale will vary depending on the listener’s responses to questions posed during the story.
“In this pilot, you’re actively playing a part in the story, using your own voice - we wanted to make it feel like you’re having a genuine, direct interaction with the other characters in the piece,” the BBC explains. “We haven’t come across any other interactive stories like this on voice devices, and we’re excited to see how people respond to it.”
The BBC says it also wants try out storytelling on additional devices, including Microsoft & Harman/Kardon’s Invoke speaker and Apple’s HomePod.