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What is ArtificialNext?

Artificial (Next) is a show on Twitch, it’s currently in it’s third Season! It is an Emmy and Peabody nominated (2020)/winning (2019) show.

Season three is very interesting as due to COVID, as it is all being done remotely, the Actors all stay at their respective homes, and dial in to the central “office” to be “included” in the show. And in in cases, the show runner has not met the new actors/actress for this season!

The premise of the show, is that Dr. Matt Lin, developer of a robot body and AI, aims to “replace” his lost daughter. The show follows the development of that AI.

At the end of Season 2 that AI, guided by Twitch Chat decided to murder someone involved with the program. Season 3 follows on, where the AI has been reset, but the daughter of the person that was “murdered” is seeking vengeance, for want of a a better term! (Please DO check out the official Website and the vods to understand the full story line! This is my understanding and you should make your own!)

For Season 3 I’ve been contracted to design and develop, the user/viewer interaction systems, but HOW does this work?

To put it simply, Artificial is a Full Motion Video Game, where Twitch votes on the direction as a democracy, each possible route is planned out by the writers, and the writers (and actors) respond to the Chat choices, each season “story” (or consequential choices) route is picked by the chat.

I am contracted to design and develop the systems that interact between chat and the show, as smoothly and as transparently as possible. The Extension details can be seen at the Extension page.

You can checkout more about the show and watch the past seasons, on Twitch or on IMDb

ArtificialNext is live at 1 am UK time Friday Mornings, or 5pm PDT Thursday.