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Constructing AI data structures can be a way of engaging meaning production, and not just seen as a technical activity. It’s a way of structuring how people understand the world, then externalizing that understanding in the system’s structure.”
Fox Harrell, Author, to the MIT Open Documentary Lab
Living Liberia Fabric, produced by MIT’s Imagination, Computation, and Expression Lab in affiliation with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Liberia, is an interactive, web-based narrative supporting the goal of lasting peace after years of civil war (1979-2003). It links concerns for liberation, dignity, and the country’s future with needs for cultural foundations, human rights, truth, and reconciliation. The project comes from a cultural computing perspective, based in Liberia’s culture and the specificities of the conflict.
Living Liberia Fabric uses an artificial intelligence (AI) system to explore how multiple narratives can be integrated into a single storytelling project. Liberia’a AI customizes the story each audience member experiences based on their choices, allowing each person to view a particular perspective on the conflict.