Jichen Zhu explores narrative using artificial intelligence to explore subjective fluid aspects of human emotional experience. Her research is informed by cognitive science research into analogy (extending foundations associated with Michael Mateas, Noah Warddrip-Fruin & Fox Harrell).
Jichen's aim is to explore the expressive potential of algorithms as aids to the constructions of narrative; in her view, algorithms do not necessarily replace human writers, but augment expressivity. She is working toward the possibility of AI narrative engines which develop stories unique to the architecture of computation. This provocative possibility is not easily implemented, yet operates as a lure, instigating research into modes of creativity inherently different from human authorial intent.