Micronarratives

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  • Micronarrative
    • A sequence of reflex, microexpression, gesture and expression events that combined form a dynamic, nuanced response to a stimulus which may or may not (depending on the narrative) include both subconscious and deliberate reactions
    • NOT to be confused with a microexpression
  • A simple micronarrative framework is considered for the fist phase Understanding and Motivation system:
    • Initial: the reflexive reaction to the stimulus before any higher cognitive function happens
    • Considering: an expression that indicates that the robot is thinking about what just happened
    • Conflicted: an expression that indicates uncertainty how to feel about and/or respond to the stimulus
    • Resolved: the expression of the final emotion
    • Stages may be skipped as needed
    • Example:
      • Someone scowls at the robot and says "I hate you"
      • The resultant micronarrative might be something like: reflexive slight recoil and surprised expression, followed by a brow furrowing and eyes darting away to indicate thought, followed by a look of consternation and a cocking of the head ("is it something I did?"), concluding with an indignant expression and the reply "you're being unkind and I don't want to talk to you anymore" (i.e, "no it's not something I did so back off")

More complex micronarratives will be created via behavior trees and the OpenCog motivation-emotion core implementing our PUMA model through more advanced AI cogition, but the simple 4-stage "faking it" micronarrative structure is illustrative of the concept.